TWO of Ireland's most promising acting talents – Domhnall Gleeson and Love/Hate star Susan Loughnane – were always destined for fame, says their school teacher.
Susan (26) and Domhnall (29) are past pupils of Malahide Community School, north Co Dublin, where Michelle Jackson is an art teacher.
Both actors picked up awards at the recent IFTAs and Michelle was filled with pride as she looked on.
"Susan was a very talented art student," Michelle told the Herald. "I've found as an art teacher that my most talented students are good in other areas of the arts such as music, modelling and acting of course."
Michelle says Susan's qualities shone from when she was a teenager.
"Susan was very hard-working and ladylike. Her art reflected her and she liked to draw beautiful things."
And Domhnall showed early signs that he could follow his famous father Brendan Gleeson into the acting business with his "emotional performance" in the school's production of King Lear.
"I didn't teach Domhnall but I will never forget seeing him perform in the school's production of King Lear – he had star quality even back then."
Michelle, who is also an author, also says that her students inspired her to start writing.
"I have to admit they have inspired me. I started to write after taking a group of students to Rome on a cultural trip," says the now bestselling author, who has released three books, including Two Days In Biarritz.