Busy Victoria set to miss glitzy IFTA's bash as work keeps her in Los Angeles
SHE hosted last year's glitzy Irish Film And Television Awards but it looks like Victoria Smurfit will be living it up in sun-kissed LA this weekend rather than attending the red-carpet event.
The former Ballykissangel star has been noticeably absent from the limelight in recent months after taking off for sunnier climes with her husband Doug Baxter and their three children.
The family took off for the States just before Christmas and is set to spend the next six months living in California, where Doug is pursuing some photography work, while Victoria works on her acting career.
An awards insider revealed how the glamorous blonde had been hoping to make it home to Dublin to attend tonight's A-list bash, but a work commitment in the US will now keep her away.
And it looks like Victoria has no shortage of high-profile friends in Tinseltown after becoming friendly with former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan last year.
The glamorous screen stars first struck up a friendship on the set of Honeymoon For One through their love of keeping fit.
Trial And Retribution star Victoria explained how the pair instantly became good buddies after bonding over sessions of intensive yoga.
And while the yummy mummy will be staying in California today, former Off The Rails presenter Caroline Morahan is expected to jet home from her adopted home in the States to attend the star-studded event.