Two Irish actresses join Rhys Meyers on set of 'The Tudors'

Two Irish actresses are to appear in one of the most expensive television dramas ever shot on Irish shores.

Two Irish actresses are to appear in one of the most expensive television dramas ever shot on Irish shores.

Fashion model Emer O’Sullivan and singer Jean Elliot, both from Cork, are acting in the second series of period drama 'The Tudors'.

The pair played courtiers to court of King Henry VIII who is played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the series, which finished shooting in Kildare last week.

Emer said that having the chance to work on the multi-million euro costume drama was “like a dream come true”.

The 28-year-old had trained to be an actress when she was young, however she decided to give up acting to pursue a career as a model, subsequently co-founding the Cork-based Lockdown Model Agency.

“We had discussed opening up a casting studio in Cork and I thought the best way to learn about the industry was to get involved in it,” Emer said.

“I asked my agent in Dublin who has links with Ardmore Studios, to see if she could find some acting work. She got me a place on 'The Tudors' and I asked Jean if she would be interested. Naturally she jumped at the chance,” Emer said.

The pair spent six-days on set, which included playing onlookers to the execution of Anne Boleyn and her brother George.

“That was really quite scary. They used dummies and sprayed fake blood on the crowd to add extra realism,” Emer said.

“I spent the final couple of days playing the role of the Italian ambassador’s wife,” she added.

Jean said it was fascinating to get a first-hand insight into how the movie industry works.

“I can tell you now it’s not all glitz and glamour, in fact a lot of it consists of waiting around for something to happen. Then there are the costumes and make-up which take up to two hours to put on, meaning that we had to be up at 6am to be ready for filming,” Jean explained.

“To be honest the costumes were not the most comfortable either,” she laughed.

Both girls are looking forward to seeing themselves on screen when series two of 'The Tudors' is aired in Ireland next August.

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