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Thursday 23 October 2014

Jay's Juliet lands BBC role alongside Gabriel

FROM the love of Jay Duffy's life to the apple of Gabriel Byrne's eye -- it's all in a day's work for this young actress.

Aisling Franciosi (18) had just finished treading the boards alongside Keith Duffy's thespian son Jay when she was thrown into filming BBC drama Quirke alongside Gabriel Byrne.

The Dublin actress played Juliet to Jay Duffy's Romeo in Corcadorca's production in October of this year. The two young actors wowed audiences with dad Keith saying he was blown away by his son's confidence on stage and impressed with Aisling's heartfelt portrayal of Juliet.

The actress is no stranger to the theatrical world. Last year, she impressed critics playing Amy in The Gate's acclaimed production of Little Women.

She has just finished filming BBC series The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Emmet Scanlon and RTE drama Trivia.

And now the young star is on the set of upcoming BBC drama Quirke playing Gabriel Byrne's daughter Phoebe in the adaptation of John Banville's best-selling novels. The series focuses on Garrett Quirke; the chief pathologist in a Dublin city morgue -- a charismatic loner who uncovers the secrets of sudden death in 1950s Dublin.

Phoebe's character started out as a secondary role but Banville cites her as the character he relates most to.

"If there is anybody in those books that's me, it's Phoebe. She has a darkness and an obsessiveness that I feel," said Banville. Quirke will air on BBC One in late 2013.

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