Saturday 22 October 2016

Rising stars: Charlie and Sarah delighted by historical drama


Charlie Murphy
Charlie Murphy

They are two of Ireland's up-and-coming actresses and Sarah Greene and Charlie Murphy can't wait to work together on RTE's new 1916 drama.

Fresh from their wins at this year's IFTAs, the pair are set to start filming RTE's upcoming epic, Rebellion.

Rebellion is a five-part serial drama that charts the violent birth of modern Ireland.

The show is set over the three weeks of Easter 1916 and will be filmed in the Dublin area in the coming weeks.

"It's fantastic, opportunities like that don't always come around and to be a part of something like that, to be a part of your own history and recreating it is very special," Charlie told the Herald.


"I'm very proud to be a part of it - I'm playing a Dubliner, again," she laughed, referring to her iconic role as Siobhan in gangland drama Love/Hate.

"Sarah and I were on stage together with Druid for Big Maggie and the years just zip by so we can't wait to get back together.

"I think it's fantastic to be doing a period drama set in Ireland about that time, it's so special to be able to recreate it and to have some sort of an input into what the public is going to see about that time.

"So it's a huge honour," she added.

Meanwhile, her co-star Sarah said it's great to be involved in a drama that has lots of strong female characters.

"I'm very excited, I'm back with Charlie again so I'm delighted," she said.

"I play May Lacey from Cork. It's incredible, it's really good writing and there's great female parts in it so I jumped at the chance.

"They're really strong female characters which is brilliant," she added.

The drama will also star Brian Gleeson, who we will see on our screens soon in a new show for BBC Two.

The 27-year-old has landed a part in Stonemouth, which is an adaptation of the Iain Banks book of the same name.


It tells the story of Stewart Gilmour, played by Christian Cooke, who returns home to the Scottish village of Stonemouth for his best friend's funeral.

Gleeson plays Powell Imrie, the henchman of local criminal Don Murston who might know the reason behind his friend's death.

This is the first adaptation of Iain Banks' work since the author's death from cancer in 2013.

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