Tuesday 20 August 2019

'I told him I was an air hostess' - Fair City's Hilda Fay recalls meeting future husband for the first time

Hilda Fay
Hilda Fay

Ciara Treacy

Although her future husband recognised her as Tracey from Fair City, Hilda Fay pretended to be an air hostess when they first met.

"I was six years in Fair City at the time when I met him, and that night I told him I was an air hostess," the Artane-based actress told TVNow magazine.

"He knew I was in Fair City, but he played along with that for the night, so we had a bit of craic pretending I was an air hostess."

Hilda said she still gets recognised for her role in the soap, which she left in 2008 when she and husband Alan had their first child.

"I don't think that will ever go away. Tracey was a likeable character. Ten years is a long time to be in people's living rooms," she said.

Speaking about the possibility of a return Carrigstown, she said: "Apparently Carol does be on the phone to her every now and again. I would like to do TV again and no doubt something will come up in the future, and I'll embrace it when it does come."

Her main focus at present is her panto debut as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty at the University Concert Hall Limerick next month, which her children are "super-excited" to see.

"Pearl and Nancy are four and five so it will be their first time seeing me on stage. I just thought this is the right time now to be doing a panto," she said.

"For me it's about the parts and doing what I love to be doing. I don't feel I need to go to England to be critically acclaimed in some play. I'm happy working here. I think we produce great writers and directors."

Acting jobs for Hilda depend on what will suit her husband and children.

"We don't have much of a social life, but we're happy in our little world, with each other," she said.

"He's looking after the kids at night while I'm on stage and that's our world, and we're happy together on a Saturday night watching telly. I take the work that works for the kids and Alan, and that's it."

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