Monday 16 July 2018

Love/Hate Kelly: I don’t get noticed

Kelly Campbell pictured at the opening night of The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for the screening of 'Broken'
Kelly Campbell pictured at the opening night of The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for the screening of 'Broken'
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

SHE has starred in some of our best loved dramas; Bachelor’s Walk, The Clinic and now Love/Hate.

But flame-haired actress Kelly Campbell who plays creepy dentist Andrew’s estranged wife in the gangland series, says she has the most forgettable face on screen or stage.

“I don't ever get recognised on the street,” Kelly said. “I can remain anonymous. At first you think ‘Oh God, I must not have made much of an impact' but it's

just the way it goes. I must look very different in real life.

“I've done a lot of theatre work in the Abbey. I can come off stage, go to the bar and ask people what they thought of the show. They'll say ‘Oh your wan is sh*te' or ‘wasn't she great?' and have no idea they are talking to me,” the 32-year-old actress told the Herald.

“Having said that, I had some guys around painting my house the other week. They were all delighted I was in Love/Hate,” she laughed.

Playing a downtrodden or unhappy spouse is something the Bewley's heiress is well used to.

Earlier this year, she played Aidan Gillen's demoralised wife in The Good Man.

And last year, the talented actress starred as Nora Clitheroe in the Abbey Theatre show The Plough and the Stars.

“I've played a downtrodden wife in several films and productions,” she said.

“I feel I'm the go-to girl for that sort of thing.

“Everyone has sadness in their life and I have had sadness in my life.

“I like to play the more subtle nuances and hope that allows the audience to read into it what they will.”

Kelly played Simon Delaney's wife Jane in Bachelor's Walk and says the hysteria surrounding Love/Hate reminds her of the 2001 comedy show.

Irish Independent

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