Saturday 20 January 2018

'Things get very rough for Patricia,' Red Rock star Cathy warns of tough time ahead

Cathy Belton at the IFTA Awards 2016
Cathy Belton at the IFTA Awards 2016

Sean O'Grady

Red Rock star Cathy Belton has told fans that her character is in for a rough ride when the series returns to TV3 in the autumn.

The cast members of the gritty drama are currently on a summer break, but have already filmed the episodes that will air up until December.

Cathy, who plays tough-talking Patricia Hennessy, has said her character struggles as her personal and professional lives end up in tatters.

"Things get very rough for Patricia Hennessy next year," she said.

"She's in for a very rough time. She owned the college that was on fire and she has leases on loads of property.

"Business-wise, she doesn't make very good decisions, as well as a lot of stuff happening with her family."

Patricia has been at the centre of much of the action since the start of Red Rock, being the matriarch of one of two feuding families, the Hennessys and the Kielys.

The Galway actress described her work on the show as an "emancipating experience".

"It's very freeing playing her," she said.

"It's great to play someone strong. It's also really challenging - you have to be careful not to make her one-dimensional. This is a woman with a heart."

Red Rock began airing on BBC One last year and it has also been sold to Amazon Prime, making it available for viewers in the US to watch.

Fans were glued to their TV screens at the end of series three, which saw crooked cop Rory and Gda Sharon Cleere put their feelings for one another aside for a dramatic face-off.

Cathy said she was happy the show had moved to a one-hour episode each week that aired after the watershed.

She added that the decision had allowed the show to explore more mature storylines.

"We had some big story- lines and new characters coming in. It's been a joy from beginning to end," she said.

"It took the turn last year going to nine at night and it kind of freed up the writers to write darker storylines.

"I was lucky because I did another series for RTE that will come out next year, so I got to go between the two of them."


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