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FARRAH AND AWAY; Fair City actress has sights on Hollywood.

FAIR City actress Sinead Keenan has taken one step closer to her dream of Hollywood stardom.

But her successful move into films has caused havoc with her love life.

Sinead, 22, who plays barmaid Farrah Phelan in the soap, will star alongside Robbie Coltrane and US funnyman Dan Ackroyd in new film On The Nose.

But Sinead's commitment to RTE's Fair City and her growing movie career means there is no time for love.

She said: "I am young, free and very single right now.

"I don't have time for a boyfriend anyway. I only have Sundays off and the rest of the week is pretty hectic.

"And I don't know if it's me getting older, but I just can't go out during the week.

"I am up at six in the morning and I'm wrecked by the end of the day.

"I love doing Fair City and that hasn't worn off yet, but I enjoy movies as well so I'm very busy at the moment.

"Hopefully, I'll keep getting movie jobs. If not, then I'll cross that bridge when I come to it."

On The Nose began filming last month, and Sinead beat dozens of hopeful actresses to land the part of Robbie Coltrane's teenage daughter.

The Cracker star plays a porter at the Dublin Medical College, whose years of gambling have left him in a financial crisis.

Coltrane, along with some colleagues, tries to use his conman talent to outwit the local bookies and hit the jackpot.

Dubliner Sinead said: "Unfortunately I don't have any scenes with Dan Ackroyd, but I met him and he seems really nice.

"I play Robbie and Brenda Blethyn's daughter and they are lovely too.

"I don't know if this will be my big break, but I am certainly delighted to be given the opportunity."

Sinead now has the task of juggling her new career in movies with filming Fair City, but she is coping well.

She said: "I'm not sure if I'd like to make the big move to Hollywood yet.

"But anyone going into a job wants to do the best they can, and if that meant going to America then I would. But I'm not planning a move just yet."

Sinead was working in Dublin's Planet Hollywood when she was offered the role as feisty barmaid Farrah in Fair City.

She said: "I had never worked in a bar before and anyone on the show who I've poured a pint for will tell you the same thing.

"You have to tilt the glass at a certain angle when you pour it, but I can't.

"The props guys are very good - they know all this so they always get one ready for me.

"Sometimes I pour them myself, but most of the time it's like, 'Here's one we made earlier!'

"I do get recognised on the street. Sometimes I can walk around and get away with it, but I have to say that whenever anyone does know me they are very nice.

"Thank God I'm not playing a bitch because then I would get a horrible time."

Sinead, whose brother and sister, Grainne and Rory, are also actors, settled on her present vocation after considering careers in law, medicine and journalism.

She went to UCD and has a degree in Sociology and History.

She said: "First of all, I wanted to be a journalist.

"Then I wanted to study law and I stuck to that idea for ages.

"I think I was watching an awful lot of Matlock and LA Law on television at the time. Then I wanted to do medicine.

"It just hit me after a while that I didn't want to do the work and become those things - I just wanted to play the parts."
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Author:Duff, Gavin
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2000
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