Thursday 19 April 2018

'My girl Clarabelle will be a very different actress to me' - Fair City's Clelia Murphy

Clelia Murphy with daughter Clarabelle
Clelia Murphy with daughter Clarabelle

Sean O'Grady

Fair City star Clelia Murphy is about to have another actor in the family, with her daughter Clarabelle set to star in an RTE comedy series later this year.

The Castleknock woman has been familiar to audiences for years in her role as Niamh Cassidy in the long-running soap, and now her 18-year-old daughter is ready to make her debut on the small screen.

“Clarabelle is just finishing the new Alison Spittle comedy. She plays her younger sister in Nowhere Fast and that will be out in autumn,” she said.

“I think it’s a six-part comedy. It’s her biggest role to date. It’s fantastic.”

It has been a busy few months for Clarabelle, who filmed the series while also being a full-time student at UCD, where she studies English and drama.

“Clarabelle is going to be a very different type of actress than I am,” Clelia told the Herald.

Clelia as Niamh with actor Tony Tormey in Fair City
Clelia as Niamh with actor Tony Tormey in Fair City

“She will do it on her own terms. She’s a very clever actress and a very clever girl. She’s very creative.

“She will read the whole play; I’ll only read my own bits. She’s a credit to herself.”

Clarabelle is signed with The Agency in Dublin and, although Nowhere Fast will be her first major TV role, she has performed on stage many times with Dublin Youth Theatre and as Margaret in The Messenger at The Abbey Theatre.

Clelia gave birth to Clarabelle while in her early 20s and previously credited her parents with helping her out while she was a young single mother.

“I had Clarabelle so young and, because I had her on my own, not only did my life change, but she was very much the structure for how my life then carried on,” she said.

“I was very lucky. I had my mum and grandparents, so they were a great support.”

Clelia has had viewers hooked on Fair City in recent weeks after Niamh’s devious plan to bankrupt Paul came to light.

The Carrigstown lothario found out his wife has known for months about his affair with Hayley and, after a violent fight, a fire was started after Niamh crashed her car into the shutters of a closed garage.


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