Sunday 17 December 2017

Penny Dreadful stuntwoman happy to roll with the punches

Orlaith in make up

She's gone from being an actress on shows such as The Clinic to jumping on Josh Hartnett's back as a stunt performer in Penny Dreadful.

Portmarnock native Orlaith Doherty (29) spends her days creating stunts on TV shows and films such as RTE's 1916 drama Rebellion.

"I love being a stunt double because it's a performance as well, so really I'm getting the best of both worlds," she told the Herald.

"At the moment I'm working on Rebellion, which has a lot of shooting scenes.

Orlaith in make up

"I help set up the scenes and make sure people fall properly when they've been 'shot'. It's a really cool production - the soldiers in the show are actually ex-army guys," she added.

She also worked on a crash scene on Pierce Brosnan's upcoming film IT.

"There was a lot of preparation for IT because it has an intense car-crash scene."

But she enjoyed working with the former 007. "Pierce was just lovely, he always has fans looking for pictures and a chat, but he has so much time for everyone."

One of her favourite jobs was the fight scene in Penny Dreadful with Josh Hartnett.

"I played a supernatural woman who attacks Josh's character so there was a full fight scene," she said.


"For that I was a stunt performer as I was playing the character which was brilliant. In those jobs, you're dealing with big actors so there's no room for error.

"I had these extremely long nails on and I was jumping on his back while trying not to dig the nails in and stay in character," she added.

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