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A rising screen and stage star devoted to her family

LEIGH Arnold shot to fame with her role as Dr Clodagh Delaney in the hit RTE television series The Clinic.

The 33-year-old was nominated for best supporting actress at the Irish Film and Television Awards for the multi-awarding drama, which ran for seven series from 2003 to 2009.

In 2010, she appeared on Celebrity Salon on TV3 and finished filming her first feature film, Charlie Casanova, written and directed by Terry McMahon.

Last year, the Foxrock native took a leading role in TV3's Galway-based drama, Deception.

She started filming just six weeks after she and her partner, Steve Davies, welcomed the birth of their first son, Hunter.

The actress plays the role of glamorous wife Catriona, whose property-developer husband Jack French suffers the humiliation of going bankrupt.

She gave birth to baby Flynn Patrick Davies in Manchester on April 28, just one day before Hunter marked his first birthday.

The couple are due to get married in Ireland in August.

Leigh combines her acting work with charity work, and from 2009-2011 was an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland.

She has also spent time in South Africa with the Niall Mellon Foundation, rebuilding the Townships outside Cape Town.

Her family are well known in Dublin as her sister Chloe is a model and her brothers Nicky and Simon are regular faces on the city's social scene.

Her theatre experience in Ireland includes Gerry Stenbridg's The Grown Ups at the Peacock Theatre, Michael Scott's Trojan Women, in which she played Helen of Troy, The Vagina Monologues, My First Time and, in 2010, the role of Mina in Michael Scott's Dracula at the Tivoli Theatre.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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