Victoria Smurfit and the Hollywood dream

Victoria Smurfit, pictured at this year's IFTAs, is taking Hollywood by storm
Victoria Smurfit, pictured at this year's IFTAs, is taking Hollywood by storm

The Irish actress has landed a major role in a dark indie comedy

Watch out Hollywood, Victoria Smurfit is the hot new girl in town. The Irish actress, famed for roles on Ballykissangel and The Clinic, has landed her first major movie role in the film adaptation of The Unkindness of Ravens, alongside Natalie Imbruglia and Amy Smart.

The mum-of-two plays Emma, who plays one of the close friends of Smart and her on-screen husband, Justin Leonard. The movie is based on the classic novel, focusing on a troubled married couple hosting a group of friends at a Fourth of July weekend reunion when a mysterious nature photographers onsets the drama, and their lives are changed forever.

She's also landed guest parts on hit crime series Missing, and a role in the pilot of new tv series, Dracula. But it's not just her onscreen talent that's getting Hollywood talking - she's also written her first TV pilot alongside fellow writer and friend Holly Sorensen.

And ABC has decided to develop the script into a pilot. Their story follows the adventures of five young women who manage to break into the US cosmetic industry thanks to a dark secret they’ve all been hiding.

The series, currently under the working title Vein, promises to be full of bitchiness, backstabbing and blusher.

“It’s been kind of amazing,” she said. “I wrote up half a book before we moved over to LA and I showed it to a friend of mine here. She liked it and said ‘you’re a writer, keep going, keep going’. So I did.”

The actress and her photographer husband Doug Baxter moved to LA last year so Victoria could try to make it in Hollywood.

 

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