Balfe, who grew up in Monaghan, recently opened up about her move from modelling, saying that she always wished she was a child actor.
"I was devastated that I wasn’t a child actor," she told Backstage magazine, explaining her parents wanted her to attend college before embarking on her catwalk career. "My parents felt that I should finish college, but I’m slightly headstrong, so I took their advice and I completely ignored it."
Her first job was in Paris and she spent the next decade travelling the world for her work, which includes modelling in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and countless high fashion designers.
"You’d be amazed how little information or training goes into it,” she added.
"When I first arrived in Paris, I was told to take a bus to the office. I left my suitcase—I barely spoke any French—and someone took me across the street, helped me buy a Carte Orange. They printed out five addresses that I had to go to that day, and then they sent me off.”