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Wednesday 15 August 2018

From good girl to blood girl, Leigh's all set to get stuck into Dracula role

Leigh Arnold (31) will finally shed her good-girl image as she gets her teeth stuck into a sexy new production of Dracula. In a bid to capitalise on the popularity of the Twilight series and vampire series True Blood, the new play looks set to be her raunchiest role to date.

In a bid to capitalise on the popularity of the Twilight series and vampire series True Blood, the new play looks set to be her raunchiest role to date.

And she has revealed how she and her eye-catching co-stars will definitely be getting the audiences' pulses racing when they take to the stage at the Tivoli Theatre on September 28.

After years of playing the straight-laced role of Dr Clodagh Delaney in The Clinic, she's relishing her new role playing the lead part of the sultry Mina in the Michael Scott production.

"I hadn't watched any kind of vampire programmes until Michael insisted I get the box set of True Blood, so I watched the whole series and got addicted.

"It's a very sexy show and I think that's what we're trying to do with this production. It will still have an old-fashioned feel to it but we're trying to modernise it. It is essentially a love story.

"Synan O'Mahony designed a lot of the costumes so there's going to be lots of tight corsets and flowing dresses, it's all going to be very sensual and sexy."

The single star will be joined on stage by her two hunky leading men, former model Lukas Hassel who plays Dracula and Hunger star Liam McMahon as Harker.



Romances

But despite admitting that they are definitely both "very easy on the eye", Leigh said there are definitely no behind-the-scenes romances.

"Not at all, we're all working too hard rehearsing for any carry on -- that's the last thing on anyone's mind," she continued.

"They are both very good looking guys and I am very lucky to be performing alongside them.

"All the cast is very talented and we're all determined to do the best we can on it. There's only two weeks to production week so there's an awful lot to do but we're getting there."

The southside star, who admitted she was "gutted" after RTE decided to axe The Clinic last year, has been working steadily since the surprise decision not to continue the series.

As well as appearing as a contestant on Celebrity Salon, she is also the Irish face of Gosh cosmetics and said she relishes this new stage in her career.

"I'm always at my happiest when I'm on stage and creating a different character and creating a world. This is what I love to do so I'm doing to take it one day at a time and see what else comes along," she added.

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