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Tuesday 12 December 2017

RTE's Blathnaid wants more TV acting roles

SHE would like to flex her acting muscles once more, but broadcaster Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh is finding it tough to break back into the industry.

The mother of four stepped out in TG4 drama Crisis a year ago and told the Herald that although she's been auditioning for projects it can be hard to secure parts because she's a veteran TV host.

"To be honest, I'm going to readings but I'm finding it difficult," the 43-year-old said.

"It's not easy when you have a reputation as a television presenter."

Blathnaid studied acting at Trinity College and said that it has always been her passion.

However, when she was offered a job on Echo Island, she put it on the back burner to pursue TV full-time,

Blathnaid was one of the last to get a staff job at RTE, alongside Derek Mooney.

She said that it keeps the pressure on her to continually come up with fresh ideas for programmes, but that she's thrilled her Sunday night series, Moment of Truth, has been commissioned for another season.

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She is due to begin filming the next instalment of the show later next month.

"It rated very well and I was happy with it - we already have some interesting stories and people lined up," she said.

"We're definitely doing six episodes like last time, perhaps more. This time we're going to try and do a lot more outside of the studio as well."

Being kept busy at the national station in Donnybrook, the former Afternoon Show anchor has just taken on a two-week stint on The Mooney Show on RTE Radio One.

It's the Dalkey-based Gaelgoir's first proper foray into radio.

"I'm quickly realising how different to TV it is, but I'm excited about it and enjoying it," she said.

Blathnaid was on hand yesterday to celebrate the release of Disney's Planes 2: Fire and Rescue in Dundrum. The personality, who also fronts Search and Rescue in between her other projects, was joined by film-makers Bob Gannaway and Ferrell Barron.

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