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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ooh la la! Actress Orla Brady steps out for premiere of new biopic on Eileen Gray

Actor Orla Brady at the screening of
Actor Orla Brady at the screening of "The Price of Desire" which opened The 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Orla Brady had to "up her game" with her French skills for a movie about iconic Irish designer Eileen Gray.

The Mistresses star was home last night as the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival kicked off in style.

Last night marked the opening of the 13th year of the festival and a host of Hollywood stars are set to jet into Dublin for the occasion.

Julie Andrews, Russell Crowe, Saoirse Ronan, Jack Reynor and Kenneth Branagh are just some of the names set to attend screenings over the next two weeks.

Orla (53) looked spectacular as she attended the Irish premiere of the Eileen Gray biopic, The Price of Desire, wearing a plunging coral dress.

The movie charts the life of the famous architect and furniture designer from her 30s until her death.

"It was a huge role to take on. When you play a person who lived and breathed and there are hard facts about - there is a responsibility to get it right and do the right thing," Brady told the Herald.

"Like most people I didn't know a huge amount about Gray before I started working on this project but she was such a strong Irish woman and a wonderful person to play."

The film, directed by Mary McGuickan, also stars Outlander actress Catriona Balfe.

Orla said that she particularly loved working with Irish designer Peter O'Brien, who designed the costumes for the film, set in the early 1900s.

"He caught the essence of Eileen and everything he did worked with the space and the set," she said.

Orla also had to polish up her language skills as Gray lived in France for much of her life.

"I wanted to communicate with her so I sat in her French villa for hours," Brady explained.

"I loved being in France. I spoke French before but I whitter away with appalling grammar.

"It's very slangy and Parisian so I really had to up my game for this role."

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