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Comedy star Sharon gets to rewrite history as 'Psychobitches' Eva Peron and Cleopatra in new TV sketch show


Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan is hitting the psychiatrist's couch for a new ironic sketch show looking at powerful females from history.

The comedienne is part of an all-star line-up for series Psychobitches on Sky, which hits screens next month.

The programme started out as a 30-minute sketch for Sky Arts' Playhouse and puts some of the world's most famous women into the psychiatrist's chair, shining a spotlight on their psychoses and obsessions.


These images show Meath woman Sharon as she steps into the shoes of Eva Peron – the wife of Argentina's most infamous dictator.

And 43-year-old Sharon also slips on a wig to be transformed into Egypt's most powerful queen, Cleopatra.

The figures from history will be put through the wringer and psychoanalysed as to their nuances and obsessions. The character of Eva Peron – second wife of president Juan Peron and subject of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Evita – is eager to get issues off her chest, including moderating her feelings of grandiosity.

And Cleopatra is there to discuss her relationship with lover and rival Mark Antony.

Starring Rebecca Front as the therapist, Pyschobitches will see the core cast play a number of women from history, including Julia Davis as Sylvia Plath, Sam Spiro as Audrey Hepburn, Frances Barber as Bette Davis, Kathy Burke as Mona Lisa and Katy Brand as Mary Shelley.

The women to seek treatment range from author Beatrix Potter, who believes the animals really are talking to her, to Eva Braun, who needs help for her seriously questionable taste in men, to Sylvia Plath, who is trying to write cheerier poems, and the Bronte sisters squabbling like toddlers.

The sister of former Ireland rugby player Shane Horgan has carved out a successful career in the UK comedy scene.

Sharon, who is one of five siblings, was born in London, but moved to Ireland with her family when she was seven, where her parents switched from being publicans to poultry farmers.


And last month she boosted her chances of stardom in America by taking a lead role in a US sitcom debut.

Sharon is due to take the lead role in Bad Management, playing opposite David Spade from Rules Of Engagement.

The Irish actress first came to prominence in 2001, when she jointly won the BBC New Comedy award for sketch writing with writing partner Dennis Kelly.

And executives at ABC are also adapting her show, Pulling, for the US market.

She also starred alongside Jennifer Saunders in the prison sitcom Dead Boss.