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'The Tudors' actress Natasha Quirke steps back in time with first major movie role


Irish beauties Saoirse Ronan and Sarah Greene have made it across the Atlantic and now rising star Natasha Quirke is stepping up to the plate.

Westmeath native Natasha is currently living in Vancouver and has just finished filming a major new musical, Charlotte's Song.

The redhead, who previously appeared in The Tudors, is playing the part of a singing and dancing mother, Serena, in the big budget flick, which is due to hit cinemas in 2015 and also features Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon.

"I was thrilled to be part of such an amazing production and I had no idea what an adventure it would become. I've been very blessed," Natasha told the Herald.

"Everyday I was blown away by the calibre of talent, the dedication of the crew and cast and how everyone became a family overnight."

Natasha auditioned for the role in April and she got to keep her Irish accent for the part.

"I believe more redheads are being cast for more recurring roles and leading parts nowadays and that excites me for the future," she said.

"I always think of Maureen O'Hara when I go into audition, I bring a little of the redhead fire," she added.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, Charlotte's Song is a dark drama set in the 1930s.

It tells the tale of Charlotte, a young girl with special talents, growing up during one of the most desperate periods in American history.

Natasha, who is represented by Irish casting agent Annette Walsh, is following in the footsteps of fellow Irish actresses like Saoirse Ronan and succeeding on the silver screen abroad.

Fans will next see Carlow girl Saoirse in an adaptation of Colm Toibin's book Brooklyn, set in the 1950s. Saoirse has been working in front of the camera since the age of 10 and over the past year has appeared in director Wes Anderson's star-studded The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cynthia Nixon's Stockholm Pennsylavania and dark thriller Lost River, which is Ryan Gosling's directorial debut.

It sees her feature alongside Hollywood A-listers Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Christina Hendricks.

Meanwhile, Sarah Greene has just signed up to the cast of gothic drama Penny Dreadful and is based in Dublin until March to film the Sky series.

Having recently completed her Broadway debut in The Cripple of Inishmaan opposite Daniel Radcliffe, the Cork native will next work on culinary comedy Adam Jones alongside Bradley Cooper. It is due for release next year.