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Raw star Dominique set to break the US in new TV series

RISING Irish star Dominique McElligott is about to take America by storm as her biggest role yet airs on US TV screens.

The Dubliner's career has gone from strength to strength over the past five years, but her latest role in Hell On Wheels is expected to catapult her into the big time.

The petite 25-year-old was snapped at the premiere of the AMC network show last week posing in a navy lace dress flanked by her co-stars -- Irish legend Colm Meaney, rapper Common and Anson Mount.

She takes on the leading female role of Lily Bell in the David Von Ancken production -- which follows the lives of the men and women affected by the railroad industry in the American West.

The beautiful actress launched her career as a secondary school student in 2001, starring alongside a fresh-faced Amy Huberman in the RTE drama On Home Ground.

The gutsy actress later took a chance by quitting her role on popular RTE drama Raw in 2009, and heading to South Africa to film a NBC series called The Philanthropist instead. Her part in the show was written out at the last minute but the cancellation meant she was then free to take a pivotal role in Leap Year, with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.


The UCD graduate has since bagged a number of high profile projects -- including the multi-award winning Moon with Kevin Spacey, Blackthorn with Stephen Rea and The Guard with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.

Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, who directed Moon, described her as one of the most talented actresses he has ever worked with.

"I was really impressed with Dominique," he told the Herald.

"I think she has a very promising career ahead of her and I'd be happy to work with her again."

Hell On Wheels is due to air on November 6 in America and will hit screens here in 2012.