Thursday 19 July 2018

Red alert: Love/Hate's Charlie Murphy transforms for BBC role

Charlie Murphy in Ripper Street
Charlie Murphy in Ripper Street
Murphy won an IFTA for her incredible performance on the gangland drama
Charlie Murphy as Siobhan in Love/Hate
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

VIEWERS have come to know her as Siobhan in gangland hit ‘Love/Hate’, but fans will next see Irish actress Charlie Murphy step back in time for her role in period drama ‘Ripper Street’.

The Wexford-born starlet is the latest name alongside Stanley Townsend and Martin McCann to join the BBC thriller, which is set in Whitechapel in 1880s London, in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders.

The season one finale saw attracted over five million viewers across the UK and Ireland and then went on to score successful ratings in the US when it aired on BBC America.

‘Ripper Street', which is airing Monday nights, shows Murphy as we’ve never seen her before.

The 25-year-old plays the role of Evelyn Foley, a barmaid and daughter of a crime suspect.

Featuring in episode four of the second season, Murphy also traded in her long brown hair for a curly red wig as part of her transformation for the role.

Murphy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since being cast for ‘Love/Hate’ three years ago.

It was her first job out of college and the she has gone on to appear in several productions outside of Ireland since.

She featured in BAFTA-winning Peter Moffat’s ‘The Village’, as headstrong Martha Lane who causes a stir when she arrives in a rural English village in the middle of World War I.

Over the summer she shot ‘71’ with ‘Love/Hate’ co-star and on-screen boyfriend Killian Scott, and is currently filming ‘North Men: A Viking Saga’.

Production kicked off in South Africa last month and Murphy plays female lead Inghean in the film, working alongside ‘True Blood’ actor Ryan Kwanten and Tom Hopper.

It will see King pin Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor) attempt to take a day off from running his criminal gang and enjoy a family day out for his son Warren’s First Holy communion.

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