You have to do more to make it in UK, says model Nadia Forde
She shot to fame as one of Ireland's top photocall models, but Nadia Forde has admitted she has had to rely on more than just her looks as she tries to make it in London.
The Clontarf beauty (26) has been based in the UK since appearing on I'm a Celebrity last year and she said it's tough to be successful in showbiz because there's so much stiff competition.
"One thing about working in the UK is you have to be able to do two or three things - it's not unusual for someone to be able to act and sing," Nadia told the Herald.
"I think you have to have credentials like that to get in the door. It's a very competitive place."
After her mother Berenice tragically passed away from cancer in June, Nadia is back working more than ever on both her music and TV careers, and is set to appear on Lifetime reality TV show Dance Mums with former Brookside actress Jennifer Ellison.
"I'm really excited about a few things that are coming up. I filmed a couple of episodes on Dance Mums which will air in November."
However, Nadia, who was at the opening of the new Odeon cinema in Charlestown recently, has returned home for a few days both to work and catch up with her family - something she has made a habit of since her mother's death.
"I'm back to do some filming for the new series of Republic of Telly and I'll have a few days off in between as well so Nana is delighted that I'm home," she said.
"I'm really busy but I've been making sure that I have a good amount of time for my family too. We've had quite a tough year so when I get to come home for work I really jump at the chance."