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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Local comedian Sharon setting UK scene alight

A local woman is about to set the UK comedy world alight with two new comedy series that she will star in, and has written herself.Former Sacred Heart student Sharon Horgan, who hails from Bellewstown, has written both series herself and will play the central role in one. The first series to hit our screens is called Pulling and it centres around Sharons character Donn

By Tom Reilly

A local woman is about to set the UK comedy world alight with two new comedy series that she will star in, and has written herself.

Former Sacred Heart student Sharon Horgan, who hails from Bellewstown, has written both series herself and will play the central role in one.

The first series to hit our screens is called Pulling and it centres around Sharon’s character Donna, who leaves her fiancé on the eve of their wedding when she sees the wild life her single friends lead.

The story focusses on the fact that Donna doesn’t have the capacity to cut the ties with her boyfriend and the hilarity that ensues. The show will air some time in the autumn on BBC 3.

Sharon can also currently be seen in Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive.

Her other series Angelos in which she also features, has been commissioned by Channel 5 and will go out sometime next year.

Sharon, who now lives in London remembers Bellewstown as a beautiful place to grow up.

‘It’s funny but it’s only now that I realise how nice a place Bellewstown was in which to grow up.

‘At the time, I was very keen to head for the city lights, but I have very fond memories of my childhood there,’ said Sharon.

At that time she also used to gravitate towards the bright lights of Drogheda and she spent many happy character forming hours in local hotspots like the Moorland and Callan’s Coffee Shop.

Sharon also remembers many fun filled nights in the downstairs Central Bar on Peter Street.

She recollects her first stage appearance in Drogheda with a certain amount of embarrassment.

‘It was in the Boxing Club and myself and Alison Crinion were dancing on stage to an act called Binty, as far as I remember,’ she recalls.

‘I think there was a total of about ten people at the gig.’

Soon afterwards, Sharon moved to London and began writing comedy sketches, which she optimistically sent into the BBC – one of thousands of other wannabes.

But despite the fact that the door is usually closed for unknown writers and performers, Sharon’s work had gravitas, and in 2001 she won the New BBC Comedy Award for Sketch Writing and Performance.

It was at this time that she met Alan Carr, one of the future stars of Channel 4’s hit show The Friday Night Project.

Sharon presented the first series along with Alan and comedy star Jimmy Carr.

‘It was a wonderful experience working with a live audience, but I didn’t really want to be a television presenter,’ explained Sharon.

‘I see myself more as a comedy performer and writer, so I moved on from The Friday Night Project to concentrate on writing and since then two of my proposals have been commissioned by BBC,’ she said.

Sharon has also starred in the Disney movie Valiant as the mouse character, Charles de Girl, alongside the household names of Ricky Gervais, Ewan McGregor, John Cleese, Hugh Laurie, John Hurt Jonathan Ross and Rik Mayall.

Sharon, her husband Jeremy, and two-and-a half-year-old daughter Sadhbh come home to Bellewstown quite regularly to see her family, including her famous rugby playing brother Shane.



While here she likes to relax in local hostelries such as McPhails, Clarkes and Carberrys. ‘Drogheda is amazing at the moment, I can’t believe the size of Scotch Hall,’ said Sharon.





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