'Mum was traumatised by watching my bloody end in Fair City', says actress Kate Gilmore
Former Fair city star Kate Gilmore, who is currently winning rave reviews on the Dublin stage, has revealed her mother was traumatised by her brutal demise in the soap.
Her character Karen O'Neill was found stabbed and bleeding to death, with the word "slut" scrawled on the fridge door, in one of the show's most shocking storylines last year.
It was a real whodunnit as Kate's evil character had made so many enemies in Carrigstown and suspicion fell on several regulars.
Eventually, Kerri-Ann, who suspected the redhead was trying to seduce husband Decco, was revealed as the killer.
Kate (26), an only child, made sure she was watching her last-ever episode with her mother Sandra as she knew her mum would be shocked to see her daughter covered in blood, even though it was fake.
"My mother was traumatised watching it because it was really brutal," Kate said.
"It went on for a couple of episodes so she was watching it behind her hands.
"She was very upset to see me covered in blood but of course she knew I was OK.
"I was beside her and she was also very proud to see the result of all the work."
Kate can currently be seen in a much lighter role, playing the hilarious Aisling in Maeve Binchy's Light A Penny Candle at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.
The drama, both funny and tragic, has been playing to packed houses every night and has won accolades from fans and critics alike.
Kate's mother in the show, Eileen, is played by Clelia Murphy, who spent two decades in Fair City, while her best friend Elizabeth is Red Rock's India Mullen.
"India was in the year below me at the Gaiety School of Acting so we knew each other quite well but this is the first time I've worked with her professionally," said Kate.
"We've had a brilliant time together. We really clicked, which is testament to the casting director. We have a great relationship and play off each other really well.
"We both had soap experience, which we really enjoyed, but we are so excited to be on stage because there is something so alive about performing in front of an audience every night.
"It has gone down a storm and everyone is so delighted."
Kate said Clelia was leaving Fair City as she was arriving so they never had any significant scenes together.
"It was ships in the night but it has been amazing to work with her on this," she added.
"She's full of joy and such a positive person to have in the room."