Maria 'sharp minded and sharper tongued' for striking new TV role
Dublin actress Maria Doyle Kennedy is back on RTE screens and ready to make her mark on legal drama Striking Out as a criminal solicitor with a "sharp mind" and "even sharper tongue".
Her character George Cusack certainly means business - if the first pictures of the actress in her role are anything to go by.
Maria (53) was one of a number of new cast additions to join the second series of Striking Out, as well as Vikings actor Moe Dunford, who takes on the role of Eric's brother Sam.
They join an already impressive cast featuring Men Behaving Badly actor Neil Morrissey and leading lady Amy Huberman.
The wife of Brian O'Driscoll stars as Tara Rafferty - a legal eagle whose personal and professional life undergoes huge changes after she discovers her fiance is having an affair with a colleague.
Series two will see Maria's formidable character sharing an office with Amy's character.
Speaking previously about her new co-star, mum-of-two Amy described the addition of Maria to the Striking Out family as "fantastic".
"Her and Tara are a great team together, but they don't really work together," she said.
"It's been a joy to be on set with her."
Maria will be back on Irish screens following her role in EastEnders spin-off Red Water, featuring soap stars Jessie Wallace and Shane Ritchie.
The complex relationship between Tara and former fiance Eric, played by Rory Keenan, will remain centre stage in series two, while the arrival of Eric's brother Sam brings new tensions.
Eric will face tough personal and professional choices in the series as he investigates the increasingly dubious actions of his father, Richard Dunbar.
Meanwhile, troubled Ray, played by Emmet Byrne, tries to turn his life around as he starts legal studies but struggles to find a balance between his old life and his chosen new path.
The new series of Striking Out kicks off on RTE One at 9.35pm on Sunday