Saturday 24 February 2018

‘My character is set for steamy romance’ – Red Rock’s Cathy Belton

Actress Cathy Belton. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Actress Cathy Belton. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Cathy Belton
Cathy Belton
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Red Rock star Cathy Belton has revealed there’s a sizzling new storyline in store for her character Patricia Hennessy.

The hit drama will return to TV3 this autumn when the second half of series two resumes.

She said that viewers can expect to see the powerful matriarch enjoying a serious romance in the next instalment.

“There’s a lot in store for Patricia,” she told the Herald.

“She has a new love life storyline coming up. That’s very exciting. It’s a new relationship which is beautiful. It’s really beautifully written, so I think there’s a lot planned for her.”

She said she relishes playing such a multi-faceted character in the drama, which started showing recently on BBC One.

“She’s wonderful, she’s a great, strong female and that’s what I think Red Rock are good at,” she said.

“They really write powerful women with loads of dimensions and loads of flaws and vices and great attributes as well.”

Belton travelled over to London at the start of this month for the launch of the show on daytime TV.

It is attracting an average of 1.1m viewers as it continues to impress on the international stage.

“I was at the launch about three weeks ago and they just watched three episodes and they were hooked. We shot that two years ago, so it was a lovely reminder that it’s there in the can and it’s selling and people are watching it,” she said.

She added that the life of a jobbing actor is far from glitz and glamour as she  spoke about the insecurity of the industry.

 “At the end of the day, it’s a freelancing job so you’re only as good as your last gig and you have to keep going. I think anyone who’s a freelancer, it’s tough. You have to just keep going.

“It’s not a permanent, pensionable job but what’s brilliant about Red Rock is the regularity of it,” she said.

Belton will be working on stage during the Dublin Theatre Festival in Helen and I in the Civic Theatre from September 27.

Being able to work on TV and  in the theatre is the “perfect balance” she said, as it indulged both her passions.

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