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Maia flies into Benidorm to visit hubbie Johnny

RTE's Maia Dunphy mixed business with pleasure recently to join hubbie Johnny Vegas while filming hit show Benidorm.

She flew over for a sunshine break in the Spanish city where the well-known comedian has started work on the seventh series of the popular programme.


And the 37-year-old producer/presenter, who's moving over to her hubbie's London base later this year, said the resort certainly left an impression on her. "It was great craic – like Sodom and Gomorrah with cheap cocktails," she said.

"This was the first time he did the show in four years so I flew over for the Easter break and I'm going back again next week.

She also said that the hours they pulled in on the sitcom was no joke.

"It's pretty full-on. They do 12-16 hour days in 24 degree heat so it's hard work," she continued.

She will also be traipsing down the red carpet at the VIP Style Awards tomorrow – but insisted she's no fashionista.

She'll be attending the fashion-forward event at the Marker Hotel with her good pal Lucy Kennedy as they mix with all the country's best-dressed.

Asked about her sartorial choices, she said: "I love shopping but then I see how other girls put outfits together and I go 'I'm rubbish.' But I do love shopping. I don't have the budget for really expensive clothes. I'm more of a Zara girl. I also walk everywhere so it's usually jeans and trainers for me."

The Dundalk native was at Dundrum town centre this week for the Shop to Good campaign.

Aimed at raising awareness for Irish charities Console and Cycle Against Suicide, Maia said it was a cause close to her heart.

"I made a documentary on anxiety last year and it's one of those things, the more we talk about it, the better it is. There's still a slight stigma surrounding it," she added.