Wheels keep rolling as Dominique signs for new series
HOLLYWOOD has fallen in love with Irish actress Dominique McElligott.
The petite blonde, who made a name for herself in RTE dramas, has been re-signed for a new series of Hell On Wheels.
The period drama has been a hit in the US where it established itself as the second highest-rated show for network giant AMC, behind The Waking Dead.
Producers of the series, set in the American West in 1865, are currently in talks with an Irish station for broadcast later this year.
Hell On Wheels has so far been picked up by TCM in the UK and will be available to digital channel customers in Ireland as well. The show follows the lives of the men and women affected by the railroad industry in the second half of the 19th century.
Dominique (25) has already gained millions of fans thanks to her pitch-perfect portrayal of Lily Bell in the series. Lily Bell is widowed at the start of the first season when her husband is killed by an anti-railroad local tribe and she decides to take on his role.
"Lily is no shrinking violet. She's this Englishwoman -- educated, cultured and when she comes over to America, it's a ballsy move for someone of her class and the etiquette of that day, very unlikely that she would do such a thing," Dominique explained.
The Dublin native said that she hoped her character would "just grow and develop" in the second series, which is expected to be shot near Calgary, Canada, next May.
The extension is sure to further raise her profile abroad, especially following her appearance in The Guard, which has been nominated for this year's Golden Globes.
She first made a name for herself in Ireland in RTE dramas On Home Ground and Raw, but last year her career rapidly took off abroad when she played Butch Cassidy's acolyte Etta Place in Blackthorn.