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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Mandy Moore set to play Sharon Horgan in the US

Melanie Finn

Published 21/02/2013 | 14:22

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Mandy Moore has been lined up to star in the US version of Sharon Horgan’s series Pulling

Mandy Moore has been lined up to star in the US version of Sharon Horgan’s series Pulling

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Sharon (43) – sister of former rugby player Shane Horgan - is putting the finishing touches to the US pilot for her BBC show –and high profile star Mandy has been added to the cast.

 

It is another feather in the bow for Sharon who has achieved critical success with the series which was broadcast on BBC Three for two seasons and one special.

 

It was shelved by the BBC in 2009 before being picked up by American network ABC and Moore – a former popstar who had a recurring role on long-running comedy Scrubs – will be the star.

 

She’ll take on the part of Louise, whose desperate attempts to find herself a husband all backfire on her.

 

Centred around three 30- something women behaving badly, Meath native Sharon played the part of engaged office worker Donna and co-wrote the BBC3 version of Pulling, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Sitcom.

 

She will now co-produce the American installment along with Dennis Kelly.

 

She previously partnered up with ABC on the comedy Bad Mom which she also created.

 

Sharon, who’s now based in London with her husband Jeremy and their two daughters Sadhbh and Amer, said she was originally spurred into writing Pulling in order to create a show specifically for strong female characters.

 

“There was nothing out there for me – I had to give myself a break,” she said.

 

For more on this story, see today's Evening Herald

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