Sunday 18 November 2018

Saoirse Ronan leads all Irish line-up on Friday's Late Late Show

DWTS full celebrity line-up will be revealed

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live
Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fresh from hosting Saturday Night Live, Saoirse Ronan will fly in to Dublin to appear on Friday's Late Late Show.

The 23-year-old Carlow star has just been nominated for Best Actress in the Critics Choice Awards and recently won Best Actress at the Gotham Awards for her role in Lady Bird.  It looks like another Oscar nomination may be on the cards (she has already been nominated twice).

The Oscars will be up for discussion, as will her wider career, and that viral Aer Lingus sketch from SNL that caused quite a stir this week.

Also on the show the entire celebrity line up for Dancing with the Stars will be revealed.  We already know Deirdre O'Kane, Bernard O'Shea, and Maia Dunphy have signed up but there are still eight names in the mix.

Cecily Strong and Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong and Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live

Three of the new names will be chatting to Ryan about the prospect of hitting the dance floor on the show which kicks off on RTE in January.

On a more serious note, Ryan will also be joined in studio by brave Dublin mum Emma Murphy who took a stand against domestic violence in a video that went viral after she was assaulted by her ex-partner, a former TV fitness instructor.

She will speak about her ordeal; what gave her the courage to go the police and go public about the attack; what it feels like now that her attacker has been found guilty and what her experience has taught her about the way domestic violence is treated in Ireland’s legal system.

Music will come courtesy of The Corrs who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit album Talk on Corners and the release of Jupiter Calling, their seventh studio album.  They will perform but will also take to the sofa for a chat.

Additional music will come from The Coronas and comedian Pat Shortt will join Ryan in character.

It has been just a week since the country collectively watched The Late Late Toy Show and Ryan will be joined by a very special young boy from the night.  Children’s charity LauraLynn nominated three-year-old Jake to visit the set. 

Jake was born with a tumour the size of a fist in his head and doctors thought it unlikely he would see his first birthday. However, he is still fighting and is now on a medical trial cancer drug that has finally stopped his tumour growing.

Jake's parents Andrea and Padraic Smith will talk about how his illness has impacted on the family’s life and how LauraLynn has helped them to cope. 

Over on the BBC, The Graham Norton Show will feature interviews with Jessica Chastain, Dawn French, Rebel Wilson, Noel Gallagher, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black.

The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, December 8th at 9.35pm.  The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, 10.35pm.

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