Monday 20 November 2017

Amber's Jane McGrath set to tread the boards after TV success

Killian Scott and Jane McGrath in 'Black Ice'
Killian Scott and Jane McGrath in 'Black Ice'
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Actress Jane McGrath is set to tread the boards on the Abbey stage after signing up to play a lead part in Brian Friel's Aristocrats.

The brunette beauty, who is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting, enjoyed her breakthrough role opposite Love/Hate's Killian Scott in Black Ice.

She will now portray bride-to-be Claire in the stage production.

Aristocrats follows the once influential O'Donnell family who have gathered to celebrate a wedding in their crumbling home, Ballybeg Hall.

Patrick Mason, the acclaimed director of the world premiere of Dancing at Lughnasa will take the helm of the play which will open on June 24 and run until August.

Rehearsals are scheduled to kick off next week and Jane will team up with theatre veterans Cathy Belton and Tom Hickey.

Jane has taken on few stage pieces since emerging as a bona fide star, but she has taken on a string of roles in high profile television projects.

She appeared in Gabriel Byrne's dark thriller Quirke last year, RTE's mini series Amber, and is the latest face to join the cast of the HBO phenomenon Game of Thrones.

The medieval drama is currently airing its fourth season and Jane will be introduced to audiences in the coming weeks as Sissy, a member of the Wildling group north of The Wall.

She shot her scenes on set in Belfast last year, and it sees her share screen time alongside veterans such as Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham and Charles Dance.

The TV hit is an adaptation of George R R Martin's series of fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire. It is commissioned for a fifth and sixth series, but it is not yet known if Jane will be included in the cast list.

Series four of Game of Thrones has proved to be the most impressive yet. In the second episode, viewers saw Jack Gleeson's character evil King Joffrey murdered at his wedding feast.

(The Herald)

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