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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Lorna lighting up Darklands after enjoying 'best summer of my life'

Lorna Meade. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Lorna Meade. Photo: Brian McEvoy

A Dublin actress is being tipped as one to watch after stealing the spotlight in the opening episode of Virgin Media's new crime drama series Darklands.

The six-part series, which is set in Bray and centres on young MMA fighter Damien Dunne (16), has unleashed a feast of new talent with many of the young cast making their TV debuts.

Among them is actress Lorna Meade (20), who plays the tough character of Donna, a friend of Damien.

She leaves jaws dropping in one particularly memorable scene in the first episode where she's seen punching the lights out of several male co-stars after their characters catch her selling drugs on their patch.

"We had to do a couple of takes because of the angles involved but we did a few rehearsals beforehand, which took a couple of hours," she told the Herald.

Battered

"But then on screen, it happened so quickly and then all the fellas I had to hit in the scene were going mad because they were being battered by a girl."

For Lorna, it was great to play a female character who wasn't a girlfriend or someone having a baby, but was very much her own person.

"It was honestly brilliant playing Donna - she's absolutely wired," she said.

"It was the best summer of my life making it with the crew.

"It was great to not be playing the girlfriend of a character or a pregnant woman.

"I'm very involved in the gangland world and one of the leaders so it's really nice to have a change of stereotypes."

She's not a complete newcomer to the small screen, as she previously had a small part in Virgin Media One's Red Rock.

"I got the part in Darklands because of that. Louise Kiely cast me for Red Rock and sent me for this part," she said.

Surreal

Currently studying for a four-year music degree at DIT, she said seeing the first two episodes this week was a surreal experience for her and her young cast-mates, who all went for lunch after the screening at Dublin's IFI.

"We were all delighted with it and over the moon and hope everyone else likes it as much as us," she said.

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