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Actress Vicki Michelle. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Actress Vicki Michelle. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Actress Vicki Michelle. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

SHE set a million hearts fluttering in the 1980s as Sally O'Brien in an iconic ad for Harp Lager and "the way she might look at you".

But one man in particular caught actress Vicki Michelle's sultry stare – Charles Haughey.

And now 63-year-old Michelle describes the former Taoiseach as a real "charmer" who had a way with words around women.

"I flew over and did the ad. Then two years later I got a call from my agent asking if I had any Irish blood," she said.

"Apparently Charles Haughey had been giving out that Sally O'Brien wasn't Irish.

"But my granny was from Cork so luckily I do have a genuine Irish connection. I met him and he was charming to me, he was fabulous."

The former 'Allo 'Allo! star says she is still completely taken aback by the impact the ad had.

AMAZING

"I went for casting in England and I had to look at the camera saucily, but not too saucily," she said.

The actress recalled being taken on a whistle-stop tour of Ireland's best boozers at the height of her Harp fame.

"I got a call to say that I was hugely popular in Ireland through the ad that I did," she said.

"They asked me to come over and tour Ireland. It was amazing, there were pubs named after Sally O'Brien.

"They were lifting me in the air and cheering.

"I always thought that if I never achieve fame, at least I've achieved it in southern Ireland.

Vicki went on to star as Yvette Carte-Blanche in legendary British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!

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