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Ex-EastEnder to tell us how it's done

SOAP stars and method acting rarely go hand in hand but this week, former Eastenders star Stephen Lord will teach hopeful young actors and actresses how to get into the psychological mindset of 'EastEnd geezers and their birds'.

Stephen played the part of Jase Dyer in the hit BBC series and will chat about his time spent in Albert Square.

He'll also put budding young actors through their paces as part of the Fingal Film Festival.

Spokesperson for the festival Maria Ann Hylton says Stephen's workshop will be a "little bit like Inside The Actors Studio".

"It's going to be a great course – he will talk about his own career and working on Eastenders," she said. "They'll act out a few scenes and do some improv. I think it will be a very inspirational day"

The Mancunian actor also starred in cult TV series Shameless as Dominic Meek and appeared as Warren Clements in Casualty.

The workshop takes place on May 10 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown.


And according to Maria he cannot wait to see the Irish talent on offer. "He's very excited – we all are," she said.

"Irish actors are doing very well at the moment so hopefully he can inspire all those young thespians."

The Fingal Film Festival kicks off on May 8 and will be packed full of workshops, exclusive screenings and lectures.

Oscar-nominated animation house Brown Bags will also talk to graphic artists and cartoonists about what it takes to make it in the highly competitive industry.