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I'll be Mrs Robinson, but only if I can choose my graduate - Blathnaid

A GATE Theatre production starring Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh as the glamorous and mature Mrs Robinson and Love/Hate star Robert Sheehan as her younger, innocent college student lover ... One can dream.

RTE presenter Blathnaid has one more dream to fulfil – a steamy on-screen love match with Robert Sheehan.

The star says she thinks she would be perfect for the role.

Mrs Robinson is the heroine of 1967 flick The Graduate, where a young university graduate is seduced by an older, married woman.

The role was made famous by actress Anne Bancroft and flame-haired 42-year-old Blathnaid says she would love the role, if she was cast alongside a young hunk.


"I hadn't really thought about theatre. Could I play Mrs Robinson? I'd love that," Blathnaid said. "Who would be the younger fellow? Robert Sheehan, he'd be lovely,"

The busy mum of four proves that she has good taste in hankering after the 25-year-old, who has melted hearts as troubled bad boy Darren in hit drama Love/Hate.

The Meath native and celebrity Gaelgoir fulfilled one of her life-long ambitions when she was cast in TG4 drama Crisis Eile.

While Portlaoise star Robert is at the top of her list, Blathnaid also had a few close encounters with her Crisis Eile co-star Moe Dunford, whom she describes as "gorgeous-looking".

Moe has enjoyed roles in RTE drama Raw and hit series Game Of Thrones.

"I saw him in his boxers; he's amazing," Blathanid confessed.

"That's what happens when you are older, they confide in you and ask, 'What do you think, Blathnaid?', so it's great.

"Obviously I'm not going to have a peek, that would be very inappropriate," she said laughing.

The Today host made her acting debut as high-powered politician Maeve Kelly-Clarke, the new EC commissioner for Culture, Heritage, Multilingualism and Climate Action, on Crisis Eile.

Blathnaid, who originally planned to be an actress when she came to Dublin in 1989, is still hopeful about the return of the show.

Acting aside, she is looking forward to the new series of The Moment Of Truth, in which she talks to people who have made difficult and life-changing religious and ethical decisions.