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Cast Bio: Brid Brennan is Emily Moggin


Brid's many film credits include FELICIA'S JOURNEY (Dir. Atom Egoyan)), TOPSY TURVEY (Dir. Mike Leigh), DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Dir. Pat O' Connor) - reprising Tony award winning portrayal of Agnes - and ANNE DEVLIN (Dir. Pat Murphy). A veteran stage actor her most recent appearance was in the highly praised revival of Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES at the Donmar Warehouse.

Brid describes Emily as 'a very enigmatic character, so she's difficult to describe in simple terms.' On her introduction to the storyline, she comes as a bit of shock and surprise to Nora after Nora's fathers death. She impedes Nora's progress and is something of a thorn in her side. Initially she tries to get Nora to accept her but she's up against her hostility and lack of acceptance.'

Brid says that she decided early on that she would not give what she calls an 'obvious' portrayal of the character. 'In playing the Emily you want to hold onto that sense of enigma in the character, you don't want to 'spill the beans' too soon. The situation she finds herself in is quite tricky - when a parent remarries and is sometimes resented by the children - so it's important to let that play a bit in the drama. It's only when it comes to property that she comes across as quite cold and calculating - which is perhaps understandable - but I don't think that she's really all bad.'

Although she is widely known and respected for her appearances on Irish film and stage, this is Brid's first appearance in a television series in Ireland. 'It's been really good fun working with this cast - all of them. It's been great to work on this, there's been such a good atmosphere on the set.' She sees parallels between the lives of the main characters and her own experiences as an actress. 'As an actor the intimacy of the characters is quite a familiar situation - the way they live in each other's pockets is not unlike the experience of working in theatre or film for periods of time.'


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