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Amber finds new way to get fit. . . hang out with some Vikings


MODEL and actress Amber Jean Rowan is going berserk in her latest film role.

The Clontarf native is playing the part of an Anglo Saxon beauty in bloody feature flick The Berserkers.

"We shot the film in Wales," Amber told the Diary. "It's a historic feature film about this ancient Viking death squad called The Berserkers.

"They would get into a crazy frenzy before going around pillaging villages and killing people." Sounds pretty brutal.

"I play the lead role of this young girl called Aldan, she's this Anglo Saxon woman who gets tied up with The Berserkers," Amber added.

"She is a brilliant character – a real warrior. It's amazing to get roles like that, because strong female parts tend to be few and far between."

And Amber says keeping up with the Norse hunks certainly wasn't easy.

"I was in such good shape afterwards, there was so much running around fields in Wales, fight scenes and everything," she said.

"I had to do a lot of training for it. I'm definitely a lot fitter now."

It's not the first time the actress has hooked up with some Norse hunks.

Last summer, she landed a role in TV drama series Vikings which will air on RTE this year. Amber worked alongside Gabriel Byrne and Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel.

"I shot it last summer and I've heard great things, I can't wait to see it," she said.

"There seems to be a real hunger for big period dramas about Vikings and that sort of thing."

There certainly is. Amber isn't the only Irish leading lady landing Viking roles, Wexford lass Charlie Murphy shot Norsemen: A Viking Saga, in South Africa last year.

And the IFTA winner relished playing a kick-ass warrior.


"I got to play with crossbows and do lots of stunts. It was great craic," she said.

The model is based in London and looking for a new pad with fellow Morgan the Agency model Caitlyn Leckey.

"We've just started looking for a place now," she added. "It'll be nice to set up base and to have a new home in the new year. Caitlyn and I get on really well so living with her should be fun.

"I feel very settled over in London and it's great for work," she added.

"Coming back home to Ireland is always lovely – I have loads of friends here and of course my family. But London is right for me at this stage.

"I had a nice break over Christmas and the New Year, but now I'm hitting the audition train hard – and house hunting like there's no tomorrow."