Thursday 17 January 2019

Fresh-faced Colm takes Iron Curtain call

Nostalgic photos of a 20-year-old Colm Meaney have emerged showing him hanging around the streets of Leningrad.

The young actor visited the then-Soviet Union in 1973 with the Abbey Theatre.

Also appearing behind the Iron Curtain was Fair City actor Eamon Morrissey (71).

The theatre had taken Tom MacIntyre's play The Great Hunger to the Bolshoi Drama Theatre, and the actors took in some of the city's sights between performances.

In an Irish Press article from the tour, it was reported that a flight left Shannon with some of the party dressed in heavy winter clothes, which turned out not to be needed.

"Heavy clothing worn by actors Eamon Kelly and Tom Hickey proved unnecessary as Leningrad (now St Petersburg) is experiencing one of the mildest winters for many a year," wrote journalist Michael Sheridan.


Meaney (60) didn't feel the cold as he's pictured with his jacket off and sunglasses on.

His next big performance will be in the film Pele, about the Brazilian soccer legend's life, in which he plays former England manager George Raynor.


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