Orla Brady left Ireland for London in the 1980s to pursue her acting career, calling Ireland a “very very repressive place to be a woman” at the time and itching for the bigger parts that she imagined she could get abroad. She spoke with Ryan Tubridy about her career so far, and upcoming plans.
Proving a successful move, roles like Sheila Cloney in A Love Divided, Eileen Gray in The Price of Desire and Siobhan Dillon in Mistresses followed.
Now she finds herself coming full circle. The new series of the AMC drama, Into the Badlands, commences filming in Wicklow in August and this time, Orla is moving to Ireland for work, describing it as “a life treat…to do my show and be in this country”.
In a wide-ranging interview with Ryan touching on her thoughts as an American citizen in the current political climate, her take on changes she sees in Irish society and some of the highs and lows of a varied career, Orla tracks her journey from a “cripplingly shy” teenager to the self-described “confident” woman she is today, noting she had to “work her way up that cliff face of confidence”.
Listen back to the full interview with Orla Brady on The Ryan Tubridy Show here.
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