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Saturday 18 August 2018

Peter Pan star Rhys soaks up Dublin nightlife

Actor and one-time Sienna Miller squeeze Rhys Ifans made the most of his first week in Dublin when he hit the tiles at the city centre's popular Bar With No Name on Fade Street.

The talented Welsh star, who is close pals with supermodel Kate Moss, has just arrived on Irish shores to begin shooting Neverland, a radical new take on the Peter Pan story.

BAFTA nominee Ifans will spend the next 11 weeks on location in Swords filming the production, alongside Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel, star of Land Of The Lost.

The high-profile pair jetted to Dublin from Genoa, Italy, last weekend, with Ifans explaining that he and fellow cast and crew members were keen to soak up the Irish culture by checking out the nightlife this week.

Ifans, who came to prominence playing Spike in Notting Hill alongside Hugh Grant, was more than happy to pose with fans for photographs and can be seen here with Australian beauty Rachel Reynolds.

"Rhys was in great form and very friendly," said an insider. "He was out with a gang of people from the film and they were all having a good time as they enjoyed a couple of drinks.

"He had quite a few people coming up to him asking for autographs and and was happy to oblige.





Jumped

"Rachel is quite well known on the social scene in Australia and just happened to be in the bar at the same time, so she jumped in for a picture with him.

There was no sign of Anna, who Rhys said, was having an early night. He said he's looking forward to getting out and about in Dublin over the next few weeks and will try to fit in a pint of Guinness when he can."

The movie prequel is being written and directed by fantasy director Nick Willing. Ifans plays the lead role of James Hook while Friel plays Captain Elizabeth Bonny and Bob Hoskins is Mr Smee -- he originally played the character in Steven Spielberg's Hook, 19 years ago.

lnolan@herald.ie

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