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Dervla Kirwan 'desperate to work'

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Dervla Kirwan: 'there's this perception of me that I'm too busy'

She may be a high profile actress but Dervla Kirwan is readily available for more work.

The 42-year-old Dubliner moved to London in her teens and established herself with prominent TV roles such as Assumpta in Ballykissangel and Phoebe in Goodnight Sweetheart.

But despite such a high-profile CV, Kirwan insists that she's not some overpaid star who can afford to cherry-pick parts.

"People don't seem to realise that I want to work," she told the Irish Independent. "They think I'm unavailable and too expensive, which is simply not the case because I'm up there with my gloves, punching all the time, trying to find the work.

"It's funny, we build up a profile of someone as untouchable and for me that couldn't be further from the truth."

Currently starring in a West End production of Conor McPherson's The Weir, Kirwan hasn't been getting an abundance of offers to perform in her native land.

"When I did the Neil Jordan film, Ondine, I flew myself over [to Ireland] and auditioned for Neil and thankfully he gave me the lovely part.

"That is how desperate I am to work in Irish film. But I don't know, it's not happening because there's this perception of me that I'm too busy."

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