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Eve's debut in The Knick watched by 1.7 million as it premieres in US

Almost two million viewers tuned in to watch Eve Hewson's debut as a nurse in the eagerly-awaited US series, The Knick.

The 23-year-old daughter of U2 frontman Bono plays a naive nurse from West Virginia named Lucy Elkins assisting a maverick surgeon in the medical series set in early part of the 20th century.

It debuted on Cinemax at the weekend to wide critical acclaim across the Atlantic.

The series is described as a cross between Grey's Anatomy and Boardwalk Empire and 
is centred on a pioneering doctor, played by Clive Owen working in the Knickerbocker Hospital in downtown New 

A spokesperson for Cinemax said the show was watched by 1.7 million viewers across its premiere weekend.


The ten-part series will be aired here on Sky Atlantic in the autumn.

Eve last week said that her proud parents, Bono and Ali Hewson, can't wait to see the series when it is shown here.

"They're just desperate to watch the show. They want to see it, and they're so upset because they're going to be in Ireland and I don't think it's coming out in Ireland until September," she said.

A second series has already been commissioned, meaning the Irish actress will be spending the upcoming months filming in New York.

The budding star first came to public attention with her 
stellar performance alongside Hollywood legend Sean Penn 
in the film This Must Be the Place.

She played the surrogate daughter to Penn's character who is a depressed rock star living outside Dublin - but she insists he is not based on the U2 singer.

The actress, who has an older sister Jordan (25) and two younger brothers Elijah (14), and John Abraham (13), shot the recently released Blood Ties in New York last year.

It starred a string of Hollywood A-listers including Clive Owen, Mila Kunis and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.

She was also widely praised for her performance as the sullen daughter of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini in his last movie, Enough Said.