Saturday 22 September 2018

Adam Weafer hoping Coronation Street guest role as Irish schoolteacher will be extended

Adam Weafer
Adam Weafer

Sean O'Grady

Irish actor Adam Weafer is hoping that his role on Coronation Street will be extended so he can bring a permanent Irish character onto the soap.

The former Red Rock star (28) landed the part of Irish schoolteacher Mr Fitzgerald on the show after flying to the UK for an audition.

While he appears in a handful of episodes, the actor is keeping his fingers crossed there is more in store for him.

"I got an audition a couple of weeks before it," he said.

"I had done Can't Cope, Won't Cope and then I flew over to Manchester.

"Two weeks after that, I got offered the part. I can't say much about him but it's a guest role. It's a couple of episodes.

Patricia Hennessy (played by Cathy Belton) and David Hennessy (played by Adam Weafer) in a scene from TV3 soap ‘Red Rock’
Patricia Hennessy (played by Cathy Belton) and David Hennessy (played by Adam Weafer) in a scene from TV3 soap ‘Red Rock’

"Obviously the hope would be that the character can come back and we can explore who Mr Fitzgerald is. It has a nice ending, there's a nice storyline to his character."

Adam, from Cabinteely, admitted it was an exciting day when he first stepped onto the famous set.

"My folks watch it religiously and I always grew up with that theme tune in the background," he told the Herald.

"To have a chance to actually act on the cobbles and have a scene in the Rovers Return Inn was brilliant. I was there for a week filming. It was great.

"The cast were brilliant, they were all so sound. I got right into the middle of them."

Adam is best known for his role as David Hennessy on Red Rock, who he played until the series finished filming last year.

Had the crime drama gone on longer, he reckons it could have become something like Coronation Street.

"It had a touch of Red Rock to it. The cast and crew were like family," he said.

"I think if Red Rock had more time, it could have turned out to be something like that."

Adam has his fingers crossed that he will be back on the cobbles soon.

"Again, I would love to dive into that character, I think it would be really fun," he added.

"To bring a new Irish character to Coronation Street, it would be brilliant.

"I would really love that, as any actor would. You get given a character and you're like, 'right let's explore this guy'.

"Fingers crossed I get a chance to do that but if not, I'm delighted with what I've done anyway."

The actor revealed that he misses working on Red Rock, which was shot at the John Player Film Factory, but knows he will have to move on eventually.

"Absolutely. You miss the work and the cast and crew. You miss going in everyday with an incredible script. That's your dream job," he said.

"But you have to move on. You take what experiences you can from it. We are extremely proud of what we achieved with the show.

"I'm not at the point in my craft where I can choose what I want to do.

"I'm very open to anything. I'd love to do more of it all - TV, film, theatre."

Adam is not the only Red Rock actor appearing on a British soap.

Sean Mahon, who played Brian McGonigle, is going to star in EastEnders later this summer.

He will play the ex-husband of Mel Owen and stepfather to her son, Hunter.

Sean said: "I remember watching the very first episode back in 1985; little did I think I would be roaming the streets of Walford and hanging out at the Queen Vic all these years later.

"I'm very much looking forward to playing out the drama that inevitably ensues on any given day in Albert Square," he added.

Sean is the latest Irish actor to join EastEnders. Patrick Bergin was a regular in Albert Square recently as Aidan Maguire, while Denise McCormack also had a stint on the soap, playing his ex, Ciara.

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