Irish actresses Orla Brady and Sarah Bolger are back on home soil as their US TV series Into the Badlands has moved production to Ireland.

Dubliner Brady (55) stars as short-tempered Lydia on the AMC drama that follows a warrior and a young boy journeying through dangerous feudal lands.

She explained that the show was originally moving to film in New Zealand before Ireland's rugged scenery won out.

"It's one of those lovely strokes of luck that happen in life," she told the Herald. "It has nothing to do with Ireland. We shot the first season in New Orleans and then they wanted to shoot the next outside of America. It's an expensive show.

"They were going to New Zealand for the longest time, we were all gearing up to the other side of the world and then Ireland came in because we have natural sea and the Burren and great exteriors."

Ireland's tax rate also proved attractive for show bosses to move production, and Brady noted that if Into the Badlands gets renewed for a third season they will maintain production ties with Wicklow.

"There was the tax break," she explains. "The tax break is working beautifully; it's bringing productions here. If the show goes forward beyond the second year then Ireland will be its home and it will go forward year on year.

"We are here until nearly Christmas shooting this," she added. "It takes a long time to film because there are these big fight sequences and we have these big exteriors, the scenery here is so good."

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