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Charlene looks like a proper madam as Ripper drama shoots in the city

CHARLENE McKenna had to make a quick dash from a brothel in Dublin -- but it was all in the name of her art.

The RAW actress is currently filming for the BBC's new series of drama Ripper Street.

In a drastic change from her usual kitchen clobber in RTE's RAW, the 26-year-old was spotted filming at Dublin Castle.

Dressed in full period costume, the rising star strolled with co-stars in between takes outside the castle, as well as Mulligan's pub in the city centre -- transformed to resemble London's East end in 1889.

Monaghan native Charlene and fellow actors Matthew Macfadyen (Pride And Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg (House) got into character as they filmed a shoot-out raid on a brothel.

The brunette beauty is playing the role of Rose, a madam to prostitutes in the Beeb's eight-part production, which focuses on the aftermath of the famous Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel.

The action centres on the notorious H Division, which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets.

Jerome Flynn has been cast as Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake, with Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and Adam Rothenberg as Captain Homer Jackson.

The 19-week shoot, which began last month, has been granted a massive budget of €8m and dozens of extras were seen on location clad in police uniforms.

The series is due to hit the small screen in the autumn and BBC America has also joined the production.

Ripper Street will air state-side as part of their Dramaville series, which could result in Charlene's big US break.

labutler@herald.ie


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