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Saturday 25 October 2014

Rugby star Shane's big sister Sharon tries for Bafta success

WHAT a week it's been for the Horgans.

Rugby star Shane watched his friends scoop the Grand Slam, RBS Championship and Triple Crown on Saturday and now his big sis looks set for a couple of prizes of her own.

Gorgeous Sharon has been nominated for a prestigious Bafta award.

The talented 37-year-old has been shortlisted for the Best Comedy Performance gong at London's Bafta TV awards on April 26 for the sitcom Pulling, which she also co-writes.

If she wins, it will help Shane get over any disappointment he felt at missing out on Ireland's Grand Slam glory.

Sharon is becoming used to success, having previously won the award for Best Comedy Entertainment Actress for her sit-com.

However, she is in a difficult category and is a 4/1 outsider to win.

Gavin and Stacey's Rob Brydon is 8/11 favourite. Second favourite for the award is David Mitchell for Peep Show at 3/1, followed by Claire Skinner for Outnumbered.



Sharp

Pulling has proved a huge success for Sharon with critics lauding its humour and sharp observations.

One newspaper previously described her as the creator of "the best sitcom of 2006 (and) the funniest woman you've never heard of".

She is one of a long line of Irish comedians to make their mark across the water, following in the footsteps of Sean Hughes, Dylan Moran, and Daire O Briain.

Sharon, who is married and lives in London, grew up in Dublin with Shane, her other brother Mark and her sister Maria.

Talking about Pulling, she has said: "I was determined not to romanticise things and pretend that female friendship is this sacred thing. Pulling is saying that you almost always put yourself first and as life progresses you become more and more selfish."

Sharon added: "The main characters in Pulling all contain elements of me. Donna, for example, was trying to find her way out of a dead-end job, and that was based on my experience. I worked in a job centre for six years, and it was hideous."

When she was 27, she packed in that job and went to do an English degree at Brunel University. "I had to do something -- I felt like a loser; that my life wasn't going anywhere."

She studied creative writing and sent some sketches to the BBC. These won her the 2001 BBC New Comedy Award and she was on her way.

comurphy@herald.ie

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