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Saturday 18 November 2017

'I worried people would think I was in trouble at court', says TV star Amy

Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman with her Striking Out co-stars

Amy Huberman went to court to research for her latest TV role as a high-flying lawyer - but was worried about what people would think if they recognised her.

The Dubliner stars as Tara Rafferty in the four-part drama Striking Out.

After discovering her fiance and fellow lawyer Eric (Rory Keenan) has been cheating on her with a colleague, she quits her job at a prestigious firm and embarks on a new life.

Amy accompanied her pal who works in a law firm to court and admitted she was nervous people may think she was there for committing a crime.

Court

"A friend of mine works in a firm and she said to come in. She spoke to the head dude and we went down to the courts for a day which was amazing.

"You see the shorthand of how they talk to each other - it was really formal but yet informal. We had legal advisers on the show but to see it first hand was great," she told the Herald.

"I panicked a bit when we went in. The solicitor was saying there's a court photographer and I hadn't thought about that.

"He said he's probably taking our picture on the way in and I was like 'Oh no. People will think I'm in trouble'.

"When it came out that we were doing the series a few weeks later, a few of his friends went 'Ah, that's why she was there'."

Amy is arguably best known for her roles in comedies including British series Threesome and RTE's Can't Cope Won't Cope.

The actress admitted she was grateful to sink her teeth into a more serious production.

"It had been a long time since I'd done drama. My roots were drama with RTE and then I went off and went down a comedy road but it was lovely to do drama again because it is really easy to get pigeon-holed either side," she said.

"To get to be able to exercise a little bit of both is great. It is a different type of energy. A lot of it was heavy.

"Comedy is kind of tiring in a way as you have to work it out, whereas it is a different energy with a drama, but I loved doing it.

"This year has been very drama-based, it has been lovely."

Amy's husband Brian O'Driscoll also visited her during filming.

"He'll always come in on a lunch break. I don't think he loves being on set," she said.

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