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Lovely Leigh enjoys Ballydung trip, but won't be moving in

ACTRESS Leigh Arnold ventured into Ballydung Manor last night -- but insists that she has no designs on Virginia Macari's job.

The former Clinic actress put herself at the mercy of foul-mouthed puppets Podge and Rodge for the new series of their RTE programme.

The show's producers have opted to return to the original format of the chatshow, which sees them interviewing celebrities and digging up cringe-worthy pics from their past.

However, gorgeous Leigh (30) said she has absolutely no plans to take over from where Virginia left off after she quit the show earlier this year.

"It all went great, I really enjoyed it but they were tame enough with me -- they have probably handled far worse," she said.

"It was definitely a challenge and they were more fun than I would have ever thought."

Yet despite admitting she loved appearing on the programme, she has ruled out taking over the slot vacated by the half-Italian socialite designer amid speculation over whether they'll install a new female presenter.

"It was just an interview -- that role is not anything I would ever be interested in doing," she said.

The south Dublin socialite has certainly been kept busy with other projects in the wake of RTE axing the medical series, which saw her play the part of Dr Clodagh Delaney.

But she has turned to new projects after the well-received series came to a surprise end earlier this year.

As well as filming new movie, Charlie Cassanova, and a stint in RTE's Storyland, she has been treading the boards in Michael Scott's new play My First Time.


Although she insists she's still single, she was spotted on several dates with fellow thespian Emmet Scanlan -- and obviously holds him in high regard, judging by her recent comments.

"(Charlie Cassanova) is my first feature film and it's due out in the coming weeks and I'm very excited about it. I worked with a great team of actors. Emmet played Charlie in it and I think this it's really going to make his career. He's a fantastic talent who has flown under the radar until now," she said.

Leigh, who previously dated Marcus Sweeney, has also been linked to a new TV3 reality programme that's due to start in four weeks' time.

The show, provisionally called The Beauty Rooms, sees a group of celebrities learning how to cut hair and apply make-up under the guidance of industry experts.

Not only that, they also have to live in a house together for two weeks as a camera crew follows their every move.

Also mooted to take part are Rosanna Davison, Breffny Morgan and former Big Brother star Brian Dowling.