Sunday 18 March 2018

#TBT: Before they were famous - 15 of the best Irish celebrity makeovers

Georgia Salpa and Roz Purcell
Georgia Salpa and Roz Purcell
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

They make up the creme de la creme of the Irish showbiz scene.

We dug through the archives to find photos of some of our best known celebrities from the fashion, sport and television world before they became household names.

(L to R) Amy Huberman, Roz Purcell and Rob Kearney
(L to R) Amy Huberman, Roz Purcell and Rob Kearney
Rosanna Davison in 2003: The fresh faced UCD student was pictured before the Miss Ireland finals, where she would eventually win and then win Miss World.
Rosanna Davison in 2015: Here she is pictured at the launch of her debut cookbook Eat Yourself Beautiful, which she published after studying for a degree in nutritional therapy.
Rob Kearney in 2005: In his early Leinster days in 2005, he showed a natural prowess in front of the camera. Bonus round: Gordon D'Arcy (right) also joins him in this throwback.
Rob Kearney in 2015: He's pictured during Ireland's World Cup campaign.
Roz Purcell in 2009: Pictured in Dublin nightclub Lillie's Bordello, where Roz's career in pageantry began when she was crowned Miss Lillie's Bordello and would later made the top 10 in the Miss Universe competition.
Roz Purcell now: She's one of Ireland's top models with a popular food blog with an accompanying cookbook due for release, as well as a successful suit range, Scribe by Roz.
Amy Huberman in 2001: Before The Clinic, Threesome and BOD, Amy Huberman was an aspiring actress trying to make a name for herself. She's pictured here with Dominique McElligott on RTE drama On Home Ground.
Amy Huberman now: She's Ireland's national sweetheart and in the 15 years since that photo was taken, she's become an award-winning actress, best-selling author, shoe designer and mother-of-two.
Robert Sheehan in 2009: Before Darren, Love/Hate and the blue hoodie, Robert was just another aspiring (and adorable) actor.
Robert Sheehan now: After his turn on Love/Hate, he landed parts in The Mortal Instruments and recently wrapped The Road Within opposite Zoe Kravitz.
Nicola Hughes in 2009: Pre-Made in Chelsea, Nicola Hughes was trying her hand at the Dublin modelling scene.
Nicola Hughes now: Thanks for her 18-month romance with MIC bad boy Alex Mytton, Nicola landed a recurring role on the popular E4 reality show. She still models.
Lisa Cannon in 2006: Lisa is one fifth of TV3 flagship entertainment show Xpose, but she's no stranger to a career in broadcasting. Before landing the gig, she worked at Q102 opposite Ray Shah.
Lisa Cannon now: Pictured at the 2015 IFTAs, Lisa has become one of Ireland's most recognisable broadcasters.
(L to R) Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Brian McFadden. While it's hard to pick a favourite from this, we've gone with Kian. This was taken in 1999.
Kian Egan now: Now The Voice of Ireland's most vocal judge, the former King of the Jungle has carved out a solid post-Westlife career.
Kathryn Thomas in 1999: In the very early days of her RTE career, Kathryn hosted 'Rapid' opposite Jason Sherlock - an extreme sports show.
Kathryn Thomas now: These days, we're used to seeing the Carlow native front Operation Transformation or The Voice of Ireland and is considered one of the country's most popular presents.
Georgia Salpa in 2003: A fresh faced Georgia was just what the Irish modelling industry needed and soon after, she became one of the most photographed women in Ireland.
Georgia Salpa now: Now she goes by Georgia Penna since marrying a hedge fund manager last year. She has chosen a career largely away from the limelight and recently welcomed twin boys.
Andrea Roche in 1998: Before her protege Roz Purcell, Andrea's 1998 turn at Miss Universe was Ireland's most successful entrant in the competition. She enjoyed a successful modelling career in Ireland for more than a decade.
Andrea Roche now: She swapped her high heels for life behind the camera with her agency, AR Models.
Amanda Byram in 1998: Before embarking on a presenting career, Amanda was one of Irish modelling's original 'it' girls.
Amanda Byram now: She is back on Irish soil after successful presenting stints in LA and London and recently announced her engagement to boyfriend Julian Okines.
Aidan Turner in 2006: He mightn't be shirtless in a field, but while promoting a play in 2006, it was clear Aidan Turner had a bright future ahead.
Aidan Turner now: This iconic shot of the hunky Irish actor in his turn in the BBC drama Poldark made him a household name. He has since signed on to three new films.
Bressie in 1998: Niall Breslin is pictured here while Leinster Youth Captain, before enjoying a rugby career with Leinster and eventually pursuing his music career.
Bressie now: He's often voted Ireland's Sexiest Man and is currently a judge on The Voice of Ireland and is planning a reunion of The Blizzards.
Laura Whitmore in 2006: She might be one our most successful presenting exports, but Laura Whitmore was just making a name for herself after a stint in Newstalk pre-MTV.
Laura Whitmore now: She's since left MTV News and has a budding career with ITV.

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