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'Insane I don't get maternity benefit', says ex-Fair City star

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Amilia Clarke Stewart, who is due to have a baby soon

Amilia Clarke Stewart, who is due to have a baby soon

Amilia Clarke Stewart, who is due to have a baby soon

It's the final countdown for Dublin actress Amilia Clarke Stewart, who is due to have her first baby in just three weeks.

The star, who is well known to fans of Fair City for her stint as Katy O'Brien - who was held captive for 13 months, is looking forward to welcoming her new arrival.

She has taken the last few months off, pointing out it's hard to work when you're pregnant in the industry, "unless you are playing a pregnant role, and there are not very many of them, especially in Ireland".

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However, Amilia did some directing gigs up until Christmas, and has also done workshops. She is a founding member of the Bitter Like A Lemon theatre company, and has been busy planning for that.

"I just can't wait to either get back on stage, or get behind the camera. I would like to get back to work from maybe August," Amilia told the Herald.

She also revealed that she didn't receive maternity benefit.

"I was three weeks off getting it, which is insane because for the last three years definitely I have worked 33 to 34 weeks of the year. It is hard being self-employed," she said.

"I definitely want to be on screen more."

In relation to movies, Amilia said: "I wouldn't say no to anything at the moment. I have only been working six years."

The Dubliner graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting and has become an acclaimed actor.

She married her husband Conall Keating, who was at college with her, in a glamorous ceremony in Sligo last October.

He is originally from Mayo, and they decided to have their wedding in the west.