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My online dating nightmares – Dawn

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"The Sapphires" New York Screening - After Party...NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  Actor Chris O' Dowd (L) and wife  Dawn Porter attend "The Sapphires" screening after party at Hudson Commons on March 13, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)...E

"The Sapphires" New York Screening - After Party...NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Actor Chris O' Dowd (L) and wife Dawn Porter attend "The Sapphires" screening after party at Hudson Commons on March 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)...E

"The Sapphires" New York Screening - After Party...NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Actor Chris O' Dowd (L) and wife Dawn Porter attend "The Sapphires" screening after party at Hudson Commons on March 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)...E

SHE'S happily married to Roscommon native and Hollywood star Chris O'Dowd.

But author and TV presenter Dawn O'Porter spent months trawling the online single scene before shacking up with Chris.

"I did loads of internet dating," she told the Herald. "Loads. And I absolutely loved it – I thought it was great.

"What's not to like? You get to meet lots of different people, go for drinks and have a chat. Brilliant!

"And the reality is, if you work long hours in an office you're not going to meet new people.

"So you have to go online unless you want to date someone in the cubicle next to you," the 34-year-old said.

"I have friends who are single and they don't date online. And I just don't get it."

But the chatty brunette says she was aware of the dangers of cyber romance.

"I have had loads of bad experiences," she says.

"So many. But you've just got to make sure to meet in a public place and keep your wits about you. You meet odd people anywhere. You're just as likely to have a bad experience chatting someone up in a bar as you are chatting to someone online," she says.

Despite her fondness for online dating, Dawn met husband Chris at her 30th birthday party in 2009.

 

NAKED

Dawn has just finished shooting new TV series How To Find Love Online and says it's very different to anything she's made before.

The TV star is known for her intensely personal TV shows; in Dawn Gets Naked she learnt how to strip, in Dawn Goes Lesbian she explored the fluidity of female sexuality.

But Dawn says she now wants to focus on other people's lives instead of her own.

"How To Find Love Online is not like the kind of TV shows I've done before," she said.

"I'm talking about other people and I'm observing other people."

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