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Ex factor has Jim in a fix.

Byline: By NICOLA TALLANT

ACTRESS Tara Breathnach is on a mission to make her name as the ultimate soap bitch.

She will play the estranged wife of Ros na Run drug dealer Jim O'Dowd returning to claim her stake of his criminal empire.

And show insiders said Tina O'Dowd will make the likes of EastEnders' Janine Butcher look like a pussycat when she starts getting her claws into the characters of the fictional Irish village.

A source said: "Tina was involved in O'Dowd's drug dealing business in Dublin before he was sent to prison and she knows all the skeletons in his closet. Now she is back and she wants a cut of his fortune."

O'Dowd's current fiancee Riona has no idea he was ever married and will be shocked to find out that he never divorced Tina when their marriage broke down.

Tara said: "She is impressed by how well O'Dowd is doing and she is after a cut of his business empire.

"Tina is such a strong and ambitious character and I love playing her.

"She's as hard as nails and you can always see that behind her smile she's plotting away at something."

Viewers will see O'Dowd try to juggle his fiancee and ex-wife as he tries to organise a quickie divorce before Riona finds out.

But insiders say Tina will use her silence as a weapon to get what she wants.

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MIDDLE MAN: Jim must juggle Riona, left, and his wife Tina; ROLE: Tara Breathnach
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2007
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