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Now Carrey's new love Cathriona gets her big break in front of the cameras

THE gorgeous girl from Tipperary who has captured the heart of Hollywood star Jim Carrey is an aspiring actress as well as a make-up artist.

Cathriona White (26) has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the camera since she made the move from Cappawhite in Tipperary to the US three years ago.

She has been dating Carrey (50) for over a month now and sources say that he is "completely smitten" with her.

The Tipperary girl has worked on the set of the online television show The Online Gamer in 2010, and it is believed that she was most recently seen working on the set of the short film Firefly.

Cathriona trained as a beauty therapist and worked briefly in Tipperary, before moving to the States, where she has been making a life for herself both on and off screen in Los Angeles.

Since making the big move, she has been successful in picking up small acting roles.

An insider said: "Cathriona is ambitious and is working as a make-up artist in Hollywood, and she's already worked on many film sets."

News of her relationship with the Ace Ventura star surfaced yesterday after photos taken of her with Carrey on a beach in Malibu last month were published online.

She comes from a family of five brothers and sisters. Sources say it's no surprise that she caught the eye of one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

The source said: "She is a head-turner -- but also a very lovely girl with a brilliant sense of humour.

"Cathriona always stood out ever since she was a teenager around Cappawhite."

Jim Carrey has been married twice before and he split from the actress Jenny McCarthy in 2010. The star is currently in London filming Kick Ass 2.

He is well-known to Irish filmgoers having played leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask,

He has also appeared in Liar Liar, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor.