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Star of RTE hit must emigrate in TV job crisis

AN actress in an acclaimed Irish TV show has been forced to emigrate -- because of lack of work in Ireland.

Esther DiMaggio, the star of Aisling's Summer Diary, has moved to London to find work, despite the recent success of the children's programme.

The RTE show was crowned Best International Teen TV Movie at the prestigious Kidscreen Awards in New York this month. It has also been sold to foreign channels and inspired spin-off series.

American-born Esther (26 above) told the Herald she would make the most of her move to the UK where she will pursue her passion for theatre. "I moved to London a couple of months ago, I'm just settling in.

"I really want to go back to theatre," the former Gaiety School of Acting student added.

"I was in Dublin for a while, but it's really quite small there especially for an American, it was just not happening. I got quite lucky with Aisling's Diary, that they needed someone around my age and with my accent, it just sort of landed on my lap."

The hit series, which was created by Dublin-based CR Entertainment, debuted in 2008.

The programme also received two IFTA nominations in 2008 and 2010.

The show was so successful that it aired in Sweden, Australian and US version is rumoured to be in the pipeline.

With her family in New York, it seems surprising that Esther did not choose to head back to the States.