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Acting brothers star alongside screen legends and Bond girls ... but still find time for homework:

MEET Ireland's youngest acting dynasty. Rhys and Bradley Burke have worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, despite still being in primary school.

Tudors celebrity Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Bond girl Eva Green and film legends Brendan Gleeson and Glenn Close are just some of the famous actors Rhys (5) and Bradley (11) have had the chance to meet and work with in the past six months.

The two boys from Narraghmore, Co Kildare, have even been so busy with auditions and film projects over the last year that their mother Fiona told the Herald that managing their careers had become her "part-time job".



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"They've just been so busy, I never expected this to happen when I first put them in the Talented Kids and Performing Arts School," the Dublin native said.

" I thought they would be doing plays mostly with their group, I knew they loved it and, these days, I'm always driving them to auditions. They don't get worked up about it or disappointed really, they just learn their lines really easily and take it all in their stride."

Fiona noticed very early on that her sons picked up accents with ease from everything they watched on television, and that they were keen to replay scenes.

She took her eldest to acting classes when he was eight years old, and her youngest, who was keen to emulate his brother, soon followed at just three years old, and now they are both booked out.

"Rhys is currently on the Lyons TV advert that just came out last month, and he has just finished filming Albert Nobbs," she said with pride.

The talented little boy will appear alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the film, as well as Golden Globe winner Glenn Close, who took the lead role, Albert Nobbs, a 19th century Englishwoman who disguises herself as a man and works as a butler.

Meanwhile, Bradley has been busy with a number of high-profile TV projects.

"Bradley was on (hit ITV show) Primeval, and this spring he will also be on Camelot," mum Fiona said.

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