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Monday 14 October 2019

Sarah reunites with Tudors pal in US series

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

The actress is back working with Colin O'Donoghue on a fantasy drama.

They once shared clinches on The Tudors. Now TV audiences are seeing Sarah Bolger and Colin O'Donoghue share screen time again in an American fantasy drama.

The Irish actors are part of the ensemble cast of Once Upon A Time, a US TV series in which fairytale characters are transported back to a modern-day American town called Storybrooke.

"It's been a long time and here I am working with Sarah again. We ended up doing lots of scenes together, but we were shooting in British Columbia not Bray where we did The Tudors," Colin O'Donoghue told Herald.

But instead of Mary Tudor and Philip of Bavaria, O'Donoghue and Bolger are cast as the villainous pirate captain and Princess Aurora, or Sleeping Beauty, in the top-rated US TV series.

A twist on the original fairytale, in this Once Upon A Time special Bolger plays a spoiled girl who is willing to sacrifice everything for love.

Having been watched by an audience of seven million on US TV, this weekend viewers in Ireland and Britain will see Bolger and O'Donoghue recapture their Tudors' chemistry. The episode of the ABC series in which they star is screened by UK Channel 5 at 7pm on Sunday night.

"It kind of went crazy in the US because the beauty of Once Upon A Time is that it appeals to people of all ages," said the Drogheda man.

It's the 32-year-old's second time tasting fame after landing a starring role in No 1 US box office film The Rite in 2011. Filming the hit show in Canada since August, the actor and musician with Irish band The Enemies hopes to return home next month to his wife Helen and family in Drogheda.

Meanwhile, the role is the latest feather in the cap for Rathfarnham-born Sarah. Making her screen debut aged seven in Irish film A Love Divided, she got her big break aged 10, playing opposite her sister Emma in Jim Sheridan's Oscar-nominated drama In America.

Since then she has landed roles in psychological thriller The Moth Diaries and, now aged 22, is teetering on the brink of international stardom with new films Kiss Me and As Cool As I Am out this year.

As originally seen in The Herald; Herald.ie

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