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Monday 29 May 2017

Not just a pretty face ... model Irma wins film role

TOP model Irma Mali may have only just turned her talents to acting, but she has already landed a part in her first feature film, the Herald can reveal.

The First Option beauty (27) has been at the forefront of the Irish modelling world for nearly a decade, and is showing that she is more than just a pretty face by landing a part in the upcoming flick, The Callback Queen.

And the mum of one, who is also the other half of The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue, is thrilled to be showing off her acting chops in the romantic comedy, which is filming in London over the next two months. While the Lithuanian stunner may be relatively new to the acting scene, she is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with and reportedly wowed casting agents with her audition for the upcoming flick.

Her agency were remaining tight lipped about the part and would not comment on the film.



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But the catwalk queen will be jetting to London to film the British flick, which features both English and Irish actors.

The Callback Queen follows the exploits of Kate Loughlin, played by Dublin actress Amy Joyce Hastings, who is an ambitious but unlucky actress on the cusp of her big break. Her resolve to maintain her integrity in the cut-throat arena of showbusiness is put to the test as she gets closer and closer to her desires.

Irish director Graham Cantwell is at the forefront of the film, and was joined by casting director Olivia Chappell, who jetted to the capital earlier this year where they met a string of Irish actors.

While the rom-com isn't set to be released for another year, Irma's career is going from strength to strength.

She recently wrapped up an acting class at the Gaiety School of Acting as well as a prestigious course in London.

"I just came back from London, from some acting classes over there," the Lithuanian model told the Herald last month, "It's going really well. I really enjoy it and I've got a really good acting director. I'd prefer to do movies.

"I'm just trying to get into it but I haven't got too many auditions yet, but I really love it, that's the main thing."

Ambitious Irma, who moved here in her early 20s, admits her ideal would be to land a role here in Dublin. However, she has not ruled out a permanent move across the water should the right opportunity present itself.

"Of course I would like to do some Irish television or Irish movies here but you just never know," she said.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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