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'Ripper' star Charlene McKenna has sights on Hollywood

Laura Butler

Published 03/01/2013 | 05:00

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Actress Charlene McKenna during a break from filming 'Ripper Street'

ACTRESS Charlene McKenna will be weighing up a second season on 'Ripper Street' or the bright lights of Hollywood this month.

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Monaghan-born McKenna, who has enjoyed prominent roles in RTE series 'Raw' and Channel 4 hit ' Misfits', recently got her biggest break in TV yet, with a leading part in BBC's new drama, 'Ripper Street'.

The eight-part programme was filmed in Dublin last year and is set in London's East End at the time of Jack the Ripper. McKenna (27) has taken on the role of prostitute Rose.

BBC bosses have already given the green light for another instalment and series writer Richard Marlow is hoping McKenna will feature strongly next season.

"Our idea is take her out of the brothel and discover how she finds new life outside of that.

"Essentially, the three heroes in 'Ripper Street' are the men, but Rose is very important in that context," he said.

The starlet has yet to make up her mind, however, and told the Irish Independent she was considering where she wanted her career to go.

'Ripper Street' is set to premiere in the US on January 19 and McKenna will follow in the footsteps of her ex-boyfriend Robert Sheehan by going stateside.

'Love/Hate' actor Sheehan recently filmed his breakthrough Hollywood role in 'The Mortal Instruments'.

McKenna will fly over to LA for a pilot season and has yet to say yes to a second season of the BBC drama. She said: "I'm sitting down for talks with the BBC (later this month), so I won't properly know until then."

Irish Independent

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