Caroline home for Christmas for her Abbey debut
Actress Caroline Morahan is teaming up with comedian Jon Kenny in the Abbey Theatre's festive production of She Stoops to Conquer.
LA-based Morahan touched down in Dublin this week and is already in the thick of rehearsals.
"I am giddy with excitement," she said.
"It's my Abbey debut and I get to wear a fantastic frock - what more could you want?"
Caroline will take on the leading role of Miss Kate Hardcastle in Oliver Goldsmith's farcical romp.
Kenny will play her father, the bustling Mr Hardcastle, and will be joined on stage by noted thespians Mark Lambert, Charlotte McCurry, Janet Moran and David Pearse.
Former RTE presenter Lisa Fox, who played the part of Gertie Guna on the Beo Show, will also appear in the show as will Rory Nolan, who will pop up on our TV sets in January in RTE's political drama Charlie.
The costumes for the show have been designed by the wonderful Joan O'Cleary.
"My jaw hit the floor when I saw them," Caroline gushed.
"There are lots of silks and feathers and hats. We're even contemplating throwing in a hand fan or two."
Morahan previously played the part of Collagen Murphy in Anglo The Musical and is looking forward to spending the long, cold winter months on home turf.
"I'm delighted to be back with the family for a proper Irish Christmas," said Caroline.
Caroline, who made a name for herself presenting Off the Rails, has been based in LA for five years where she has pursued an acting career.
She's maintained links with home being the face of Littlewoods.