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Times Theatre Award for actress Charlie

WEXFORD ACTRESS Charlie Murphy picked up a coveted Irish Times Irish Theatre Award on Sunday night in Dublin.

The 24-year-old actress won the award for her role as Eliza Doolittle in the Abbey Theatre's production of Pygmalion...a role made famous by Julie Andrews in the big-screen ' My Fair Lady' version of the play.

Charlie is the daughter of Pat and Brenda Murphy who own and run the Scissor's Empire on Wexford's South Main Street. Charlie will be very familiar to the patrons there as she worked there during her school holidays.

One of six children Charlie lived with her family in St. John's Manor, Enniscorthy until she was 12 years old. The Murphy's then moved into Wexford town and currently live in Newtown House on the Duncannon Line.

Charlie has shown great flair on the stage and is no stranger to Wexford drama lovers. She was worked with both Alan Corcoran of Oyster Lane Theatre Group and Tony Mccleane of the Bare Cheek Theatre Company.

She appeared in many musicals throughout the years including Calamity Jane and the Sound of Music.

Pat said the Murphy family was thrilled when Charlie rang them telling them she had won the award. ' We were absolutely delighted because she was up against seasoned actresses.' Charlie who completed a year in Film Production in Ballyfermot is also at home behind the camera having won the Best Young Producer with her 15-minute film Bloody Chance. However after a year she decided her real passion was for acting and enrolled in the Gaiety School of Acting. Having already appeared in the hit RTE drama Love/hate, Charlie is currently involved in shooting the new series, a 12-week shoot, where she has a significant part.

Although delighted with Charlie's success Pat admits he isn't a huge fan of Love/hate. 'It's very popular but it's hard to watch. It's too violent.'

Pat said while he doesn't watch the programme in general he does watch Charlie's scenes.

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