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Monday 12 November 2018

ADAM'S BIG BREAK

LOCAL ACTOR MAKING WAVES ACROSS THE ATLANTIC ON 'BEING ERICA'

Credit: Paul Connor
Credit: Paul Connor

Alison COMYN

LOCAL ACTOR ENJOYS A STARRING ROLE IN SITCOM A LAYTOWN man has just finished a hugely successful run as a leading man in one of Canada's top television shows.

Adam Fergus, who has already appeared in hit Irish movie 'Satellites and Meteorites' with Amy Huberman, plays potential love interest to Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) in the third series of 'Being Erica', an award-winning show on CBC.

'After five years in London, I had just finished appearing in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Gate Theatre, Dublin,' explains Adam, 'when this script came through my door for a character with the same name as me.'

'Thinking it must be fate, I auditioned straight away, and two days later they wanted to see me in London, and made their decision on the spot - so it really must have been fate.'

With filming starting immediately, Adam had to fly out to Toronto and with no time to spare, his mum had to pack for him.

'It was only when I arrived at the flat they had got for me and opened the case, I thought 'aw Mam, what have you packed'? Stuff I hadn't worn in 15 years!'

Mum is Mary, originally from Drumconrath, near Ardee, and dad Eamonn ran the Millex factory in Drogheda for many years.

Adam has a sister Julie-Ann (33), who is a very successful stylist in Cape Town, and is expecting her first child, and a younger sister Ruby (22), who also works in fashion in Dublin.

'I was actually a year ahead Colin O'Donoghue in Dundalk Grammar, but wasn't really into drama until UCD, and decided to go to the Gaiety School of Acting after that,' he says.

'I was lucky then to get some great stage roles as well as telly and film too.'

His theatre career kicked off with an appearance in Adrian Noble's acclaimed production of Brian Friels' The Homeplace', which had a hugely successful West End transfer at the Comedy Theatre, This early role quickly established him as a leading theatrical actor in Ireland, and he went on to appear in Kilt at Andrew's Lane, A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Illusion, Great Expectations, Rachel West's production The System, Thesis, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2006.

Adam is no stranger to the screen, either, appearing as series lead Seamus Doogan in Trouble in Paradise, a TV mini-series produced by Great Western Films for RTE2, as the lead Daniel in Satellites and Meteorites, an independent Irish feature, and Irish independent feature Happy Ever Afters. Adam recently appeared in a series regular role in season six of The Clinic for Parallel Films/RTE.

'The role in Canada is a massive break and we're just waiting to see if it will be back for a fourth series,' says Adam, who is currently staying in Dublin, before heading back to Canada. The second series of 'Being Erica' is currently on E4, with Adam's starring role due sometime in the summer.

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