Saturday 16 December 2017

Love/Hate actress wants to move into comedy

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

SHE bagged an IFTA for her harrowing portrayal of a rape victim, but Love Hate actress Charlie Murphy says she has had her fill of playing dark characters and would relish doing a comedy.

The 25 year old was awarded an IFTA for her role as Siobhan in the acclaimed crime drama.


But the Wexford native admits that playing such a conflicted character does take its toll.


“I'm always playing troubled souls. I just keep getting those roles – I don't know why.


“Since I played Siobhan I have all these old women coming up to me and asking ‘are you ok love?'


“So I'd love to do a good slapstick comedy. Something farcical. I'm going to start putting that out there. Show my range,” she laughed.


The up and coming actress is currently working on BBC thriller Quirke alongside Gabriel Byrne.


“The drama is really strong and it's got a bit of a Mad Men vibe to it,” she explains.


Charlie will be working on the 1950's drama for the next few weeks before heading back to the world of Love/Hate.


“I can't wait to get back on set,” she says. “They kicked things off a few weeks ago but I'm not back just yet.


The cast are like my family at this stage and I feel like I'm missing out.”


The fourth season of Love/ Hate will be a much changed programme after golden boy Darren, played by Robert Sheehan, was killed in the season finale last year.


Sheehan (25) earned heart throb status during the course of the series and Charlie can understand why he was such a hit with the ladies.


“Look at his eyes,” she says. “He has got spell binding eyes. He's gorgeous. He is a real gent.”


Darren’s death came as a shock to viewers but Charlie says the show's producers make sure to give cast members plenty of warning if their days are numbered.


And if she was to be killed off, Charlie – who was speaking at the The Gaiety School of Acting’s new website launch – says that she would want to go down in style.


“I have talked about it many times with Aoibhinn McGinnity (Trish).


“And I always say if I go out, I want to go out with all guns blazing.”


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