Irish actress Susan Ateh leaves LA behind for role in EastEnders spin-off Redwater
Irish actress Susan Ateh is set for primetime stardom on new RTE series Redwater.
The Killester woman (38) stars as a garda in the EastEnders spin-off show, which sees soap favourites Kat and Alfie travel to Ireland in search of Kat's long-lost son.
"We filmed in Wicklow and Dunmore East, which is where the fictional village is set. We had pure sunshine so we were very lucky," she told the Herald.
"They're coming over looking for their son and they're looking for their son in this town in Ireland.
"They discover that the village itself has a secret that it doesn't want to be uncovered.
"I play a local garda named Bernie. She's strong and intelligent and very caring, but she's very emotionally guarded."
Susan (inset), who has previously worked with Aidan Turner and Martin McDonagh, lives in Los Angeles, where she is hoping to make it big.
"LA is good, it's just very competitive. It's a hard town to crack," she said.
Susan currently divides her time between California, Dublin and London.
"I'm going to be filming a pilot in LA in a couple of weeks and after that I don't know, I might be in London," she said.
"I've been travelling a lot the last couple of years.
"Whenever I'm in London I always go back to Ireland. I definitely love the lifestyle in LA, it's very laid-back. You can go hiking or the beach, it's all a 20-minute drive away but there's nothing like being at home."
With so much competition for roles in LA, Susan has learned not to take rejection too personally.
"I'm always auditioning, always in meetings. They're very different to the actual work," she said.
"The more you do them, the more confident you get.
"The biggest lesson I've learned is to just do them and let it go - if it's meant for you, it's meant for you and if it's not, it's not."
Redwater is on RTE One on Sunday, May 14, at 9pm.