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Thursday 21 September 2017

I'm terrified by Shameless but I'm having a ball, says Angeline

IRISH actress Angeline Ball has spoken of the "daunting" task of starring in Channel 4 show Shameless.

The Commitments star is following fellow Irishwoman Pauline McLynn into a role on the gritty comedy drama.

Ball (41) was forced to take on a Manchester accent for her part as resident hairdresser Gloria Meek.

"It's always terrifying coming into a new series, especially something as brilliant and as well-established as Shameless, but the accent was a big challenge," she said.

"But I sort of prefer being Mancunian, because I can separate myself from Gloria. Visually she's very unlike me, and I think it adds when I can put on this different accent. That's what I'm in this business for -- I love constantly changing my look, my accent, all that kind of thing."

And the Dublin-born actress reckons she's a dab hand at accents now. "I've had to do all sorts of regional Irish accents, I've done a northern accent before, I've done Scottish, American. I can't do Welsh to save my life."

Angeline, who now lives in London with her French partner Patrice Gueroult and their two children, reckons her character of Gloria will make a big splash on the show.

"She's quite a feisty woman, she's strong and self-made. She's got her own little business, running the hairdresser's on the Chatsworth Estate. She would be party to a lot of information, because of the classic thing of hairdressers being a bit like psychologists. She's a good friend of Mimi's and Karen's, and of all the women, really."

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