Thursday 23 May 2019

Charlene McKenna goes on the Ripper to celebrate her engagement to former co-star

Charlene McKenna celebrated her engagement with a night out in Dublin, left, and with new fiancé Adam Rothenburg, right
Charlene McKenna celebrated her engagement with a night out in Dublin, left, and with new fiancé Adam Rothenburg, right
Charlene McKenna celebrated her engagement
Charlene McKenna celebrated her engagement
Charlene McKenna with her fiance Adam Rotherberg. PIC: Charlene McKenna/Instagram
Charlene McKenna in 'Ripper Street'. Photo: BBC
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Irish actress Charlene McKenna celebrated her forthcoming nuptials with a liquid lunch in the company of her best pals as she toasted her recent engagement in style.

Last month saw her fellow Ripper Street actor Adam Rothenberg go down on bended knee and ask his partner of five years to marry him on March 26 - Charlene's 35th birthday.

The 43-year-old American star proposed to her while they were in Manhattan, where the couple spend a lot of time for work purposes.

And the Monaghan actress made sure to celebrate the recent proposal during a weekend visit home as she headed to Dublin hotspot Isabelle's to catch up with pals. In a picture posted from the South Anne Street venue she was joined by pals including fellow actress Aoibhinn McGinn as they clinked champagne glasses.

Charlene McKenna celebrated her engagement
Charlene McKenna celebrated her engagement

She was also pictured holding a giant inflatable ring balloon over her head as she enjoyed the fun-filled afternoon with her pals.

But she is keeping the details of her wedding under wraps for now and has yet to speak publicly about the romantic proposal.

She first met Rothenburg (inset below) while filming BBC drama Ripper Street, which was originally made in Dublin and she played the part of a prostitute named Rose while he was renegade Captain Homer Jackson.

The loved-up pair managed to keep their relationship to themselves for a while until she confirmed the romance in 2016.

Charlene previously dated Poldark star Aidan Turner and has clearly learned the hard way about keeping her personal life out of the public eye.

However, the smitten star couldn't help herself from gushing about her handsome partner, joking how they were a "total cliché" by meeting on the set of the historical drama series.

"Adam is just one of the smartest and most talented people I have ever met, and he's an amazing anchor for this acting world we're in," she said.

"He's older than me so that's very grounding because he has no interest in the hype, as he has kind of been there and done that.

"I often think he would make a wonderful psychologist, as we have really good in-depth chats and he's a very good person."

She revealed the happy news herself on Instagram, posting a picture of her with him while holding her hand aloft sporting a sparkling diamond ring. A delighted McKenna captioned the pic, 'Sure G'wan...' along with a ring emoji.

She revealed before how much the pair have in common, in that they're both one of six children, their mothers' families are from Scotland and they have a shared love of music.

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