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Brenda Fricker and Derry Girls star join filming of ITV series

July 30th, 2021 10:20 AM

By Emma Connolly

Siobhan McSweeney as Brid in ITV Drama Holding, (photo: by Conor Horgan)

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ACADEMY award-winning actress Brenda Fricker, Pauline McLynn of Father Ted fame, and Siobhan McSweeney of Derry Girls, are to star in the TV adaptation of Graham Norton’s debut novel Holding. 

The four-part ITV series is currently being filmed in West Cork, and some of the country’s leading actors have been announced as part of the cast, including Charlene McKenna (Peaky Blinders) and Helen Behan (Elizabeth is Missing).

Siobhán, who is from Aherla, is known for playing Sr Michael in the hit series Derry Girls. She is taking on the role of Bríd Riordan, while Brenda takes the role of Lizzie Meany.

Brenda said: ‘I am ecstatic to be part of this wonderful production, in beautiful Skibbereen, and finally not to be playing a mother! Mrs Meany is a bit of a dark horse. She has had a dreadful life but has retained her values, her friendships and most of all her sense of humour – keep a sharp eye on her!’

Siobhán added: ‘I cannot think of a better script in a better place with a better cast and crew. I’m in heaven being back in Cork.’

Others joining the cast are Clinton Liberty (Normal People), Amy Conroy (The South Westerlies), Demi Issac Oviawe (The Young Offenders), Norma Sheahan (Bridget and Eamon), and Anne Kent (Fair City). 

Olivier award-winning actor Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) has already been announced for the role of local police officer Sgt PJ Collins, based in the insular fictional village of Duneen, West Cork.

Conleth Hill will play Sgt PJ Collins in Holding.

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