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Wednesday 19 December 2018

I wept when I met charity hero, says actress Sarah

ACTRESS Sarah Greene has described how she choked back tears after finally meeting the humanitarian Christina Noble.

The Cork woman will be seen on screens next year as the Dubliner who overcame an impoverished childhood, to help street children in Vietnam and Mongolia.

Having won praise after starring opposite Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, Sarah jumped from light comedy to a more serious role in Noble, where she plays the charity worker in a tale she describes as "inspirational".

"Noble is an amazing film. It's one of the best things I've ever done," Sarah Greene told the Herald about the film penned by director Stephen Bradley and wife Deirdre O'Kane, who plays Noble as an adult.

Having researched Noble's life before playing her in front of the cameras, Sarah described how she was "overcome" when meeting Christina Noble face to face.

"I was holding her hands for about two seconds, when I started crying. It was just an aura about her.

"I could immediately feel the goodness and remember the hundreds of thousands of children she helped with her foundation," she said.

She recounted how Ms Noble had her back broken twice by local criminals when she arrived in Vietnam in 1989 with the goal of helping street children.

 

Sarah, who is the girlfriend of actor Aidan Turner, with whom she lives in London, is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting .

She made her name in Alice in Wonderland at the Abbey before landing a role in The Guard.

ksweeney@herald.ie

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