A warm Irish welcome for Kim from our star-struck President
SEX And The City actress Kim Cattrall received a warm Irish welcome from President Mary McAleese on Saturday when she jetted into town for the IFTAs.
The Herald can reveal how the acclaimed star, who is best known for playing the role of racy Samantha Jones in the hit series and film franchise Sex And The City, was invited to meet privately a rather star-struck President McAleese and her hubby Martin ahead of the ceremony.
The glamorous 54-year-old actress actress was whisked off to a VIP suite upon her arrival at the A-list event, where she happily posed for pictures with the head of State.
Later that evening the glamorous blonde had an opportunity to catch up with her Tiger's Tail co-star Brendan Gleeson.
The In Bruges star had plenty to celebrate after accepting two awards on behalf of his son, Domhnall, who is currently in Berlin. Gleeson collected the accolades for his son in the category of 'Rising Star' and the best actor in a lead television role award for When Harvey Met Bob.
Despite surviving on just two hours sleep, having flown in from New York earlier that day, down-to-earth Kim explained how she is a huge fan of Dublin and would love to work here in the future.
And while there are plenty of rumours circulating about a prequel Sex And The City movie, which would document the four characters' early lives, Kim was adamant she is being kept in the dark.
"I've no idea," she said when asked if it was a real possibility. "Sarah [Jessica Parker] might know a bit more than we do, but the rest of us know when they call and have a start-date.
Meanwhile, aspiring actress Caroline Morahan, who was dressed to impress in a bargain-buy black puffball dress, was later spotted deep in conversation with up and coming actress Saoirse Ronan, who was said to be giving her some tips on how to break Hollywood.
TV presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh also returned to the limelight after she had to be rushed from the set of the All Ireland Talent Show last Sunday night after collapsing in agony.
Brendan Courtney also attended, sporting a massive shiner after being viciously attacked by a homophobic thug on Friday night, while on the way home from a night out.
His friend, Ultimate Big Brother winner Brian Dowling, was spotted sympathising with him over the course of the evening, as he expressed his disgust over the violent assault.
Other big names partying included Miriam O'Callaghan and her husband Steven Carson, Grainne Seoige, Maura Derrane, Lorraine Keane and Kathryn Thomas.