'Fair City actors can find it tough to get work elsewhere', says Johnny Ward
Fair City star Johnny Ward has revealed that life can be "tough" for some of the actors who struggle to get work outside of the soap.
The Dubliner, who plays demented kidnapper Ciaran, said some of his friends on the show have become so closely associated with their character that they have effectively been typecast.
"I haven't suffered much to be honest but I know other people have because their face has been recognised for that TV show," he said.
"They won't be seen for other films or shows or things like that. It can be tough."
Work on the series is often sporadic for many of the cast who can be written out of the storylines for months at a time.
"It depends on how much they are consistently in the show," Johnny told the Herald.
"You've got some people, a good few friends of mine who are in it, who will be in it for three or four weeks and then you won't see them again for six or seven months."
He said the situation was made worse by the fact that they don't know if they have time to go and seek out other work because they could be needed back on the Fair City set at short notice.
"It was lucky for me because I was consistently in it for 18 months," added Johnny.
"But for some, there can be months of sitting around and you don't know whether you can go for auditions for other plays or films because you don't know if you'll be available."
Speaking about his co-star Amilia Clarke Stewart, who played his kidnap victim Katy O'Brien, Johnny admitted he felt sorry for her while filming their harrowing scenes.
"I got to go off and do other stuff. There was the relationship with Farrah and trying to keep it secret from Heather," he said.
"It was easy for me to go off and do other things but she was stuck in that box." Johnny was speaking at the launch of Rapunzel, the Christmas panto at the Gaiety Theatre.
The actor will star as Johnny B Goode in the production which is scheduled to run from November 26 to January 7. Tickets for the show are available on Ticketmaster.ie.