| 2.6°C Dublin

Sarah's big leap from child star to looking for love in Manhattan

SHE made her name as a schoolgirl in In America, but all grown-up Sarah Bolger is now hitting the bars of Manhattan.

It's a decade since the Dublin starlet shot to fame in Jim Sheridan's movie about an Irish emigrant family.

But her journey away from her image as a child star is continuing apace after she landed a role in a new pilot about New York's aggressive dating scene.

She has already made headline appearances playing Princess Mary in the TV series The Tudors and as Princess Aurora on Once Upon A Time.


Now the 22-year-old is to star in a new show from writers Lucas and Scott Moore, who are best known for their work on The Hangover.

The ABC pilot, called Mixology, will follow 10 singletons as they trawl the bars of Manhattan for some love interest.

The series will be shot from the perspective of one camera which tracks the progress of five guys and five girls on the dating scene.

Bolger will play Janey, who is from New Jersey and is woefully unprepared for the dating and drinking culture in Manhattan.

However, it seems that Sarah herself is more than prepared for the role. "I'm so happy," she said.

Actress Mercedes Masohn was to be another of the twentysomething women, but has dropped out, according to reports.

Masohn (30), who has appeared in high-profile TV shows such as CSI: New York and the supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue, left on good terms after her character – along with several elements of the plot – were changed.

"It was such a pleasure working with Jon, Scott and [director] Larry [Charles] who are true comedic geniuses, but it is unfortunate that things change quickly as a pilot moves into production," Masohn said.

"And on this project, Jon and Scott moved the role in a very different direction, and it became clear this wasn't right for me.

"Rather than jeopardise the show, I asked to step aside."

She added: "They and ABC were very understanding, and I wish them all the best with the show."

Sarah Bolger won worldwide acclaim aged just 11 for her portrayal of Christy in the heart-warming movie In America.

She starred alongside her sister Emma, who was six at the time, and their onscreen parents Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine.

The semi-autobiographical screenplay by Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten told the family's story as seen through the eyes of Christy.

It was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Original Screenplay for the Sheridans, Best Actress for Samantha Morton and Best Supporting Actor for Djimon Hounsou.