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Fair City is a blast... and I'll be going out with a bang, reveals Vivienne

MODEL and actress Vivienne Connolly (38) is promising a "big twist" for Fair City viewers shortly as she films her last week of scenes for the RTE soap.

The Herald can reveal how the mum-of-two will be finishing off her time on the programme shortly -- but has vowed to go out with a bang.

Her character -- scheming Ingrid Gleeson -- will continue causing drama between her ex-husband Louie Gleeson, played by Alan Devine, and his partner Carol Foley, played by actress Aisling O'Neill.

Vivienne has even been getting abuse from members of the public for her convincing portrayal of man-eater Ingrid and says she has relished the role.


"I've been back filming for the past four weeks and I'm in all this week and that's my storyline cut for a while. However, there is a big twist coming up this week, it's all going to be very dramatic. I can't say too much about it but myself and Aisling, who plays Carol, will really be going at it as in Ingrid's head, she really feels that Louie is rightfully hers. It all gets very heated," she explained.

"A woman in the shop only came up to me this morning and called me a "wagon" for all the trouble I've been causing. I know not to take it seriously, though."

She has been working some long hours over the past month, with 5.30am starts sometimes and not finishing up until late in the evening.

But Vivienne, who is mum to Ben Jnr (8) and Katie (6), said that's the nature of the business and you "have to grab the work when it comes your way".

The Carlow native added how she doesn't yet know if her character will be making a return to the show to cause more trouble, but she's keeping her fingers crossed.

"They like to keep it open and that was the same as last time, so I'm hoping they will. It's a great part to play," she continued.

And even though she'll have some free time in the lead-up to Christmas, don't expect to see her treading the boards and signing up to one of the pantomimes anytime soon.

"No, that wouldn't be my thing. Theatre and panto work is just so time consuming and I wouldn't get to see the kids at all so for the moment, I'm just concentrating on TV and film work and looking to get my new showreel out shortly," she added.

When it comes to her personal life, the actress and model, who is with Andrea Roche's agency, is still enjoying a romance with TV producer John Norton, whom she has been seeing for over four months.