Sunday 16 December 2018

The Greatest Showman role a dream come true for dancer Caoife Coleman

Caoife Coleman
Caoife Coleman
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

Dancer Caoife Coleman has told of her joy at being cast in Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman's latest film The Greatest Showman.

Caoife, who was born in West Sussex but whose family are all from Dundalk, Co Louth, has been dancing since the age of 10 and was delighted when she found out she had been cast as a circus performer in the movie, which is a biopic of showman PT Barnum.

"I was over the moon. I had never done anything like that in my life before and it was something I dreamt of doing," she said.

"The reason I moved to Los Angeles was to do things like that. It was like a dream. You never think it will be attainable until it actually happens to you."

Caoife Coleman (RIGHT) with Zac Effron
Caoife Coleman (RIGHT) with Zac Effron

The 30-year-old has lived in Los Angeles since April 2015 to pursue her dreams of acting and singing and she has previously landed stints on shows like America's Got Talent and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In The Greatest Showman, Caoife portrays an albino twin who performs in the circus run by Hugh Jackman's character.

"We didn't have speaking roles but we are there throughout the entire movie, you can see us. There's big dance numbers that we are part of too," she said.

Caoife also got the chance to rub shoulders with fellow co-star Zac Efron in the film, which has so far grossed over €100m at the box office since it was released in December.

Caoife Coleman - Irish actress and dancer who stars in The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman
Caoife Coleman - Irish actress and dancer who stars in The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman

"I was contacted to be part of the movie in maybe August of 2016," she said.

"The choreographer I worked with is from Australia and with Hugh and the director (Michael Gracey) being Australian, it was a big family for them. They invited people in that they knew."

With the movie behind her, Caoife is hoping the flick will lead to more acting opportunities for her in the coming months.


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