It’s an exciting time for Irish television drama according to Newcastle native Nora-Jane Noone, who enjoyed the sense of community involved in filming TV3’s new drama ‘Deception’ in Galway.
It’s been nine years since Nora-Jane Noone decided that a career in acting was where her future lay and packed her bags for London.
Once she was bitten by the acting bug during her star turn as Bernadette in Peter Mullan’s harrowing ‘The Magdalene Sisters’, her previous choice of a career in science lost some of its allure, and in the nine years since, her success in both TV and film have vindicated that bold decision.
Having starred in horror films such as ‘The Descent’ and had a brief but successful run on ‘Coronation Street’, the Newcastle woman’s career path eventually brought her back to Galway last year to film ‘Deception’, TV3’s first ever drama series.
It’s not the first time she has filmed here; she also appeared in the series of movies based on Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor novels, but says she enjoyed filming ‘Deception’ on home ground.
“It was lovely,” recalls Nora-Jane. “We were near Spiddal and Barna. It’s a beautiful part of Galway, so that was really lovely. And just the scenery and the vibe up there is gorgeous.”
As she is based in London, with its population of eight million, returning to Galway and the different pace of life also represented a welcome break for the 28-year-old actress.
“Irish people are very welcoming and friendly, and coming from London it’s nice to get a dose of that every now and again to remind you!”
In ‘Deception’, Nora-Jane plays the role of Aoife Stacey, a boutique owner and wife of struggling tradesman Andrew. Aoife, says Nora-Jane, is first and foremost a mother, although she retains her spirit of independence.
“She’s quite grounded in that she loves being the homemaker, the hostess and the nurturer and making things. But she finds her strength. Throughout the series, you see that that’s not all she is; she’s not just there for other people, that she’s got a strength too,” she says.
‘Deception’ is set against the backdrop of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and, despite having lived in London since 2004, Nora-Jane is fully aware of the extent of the devastation wrought when the bubble burst here, recalling that the negative media coverage was “awful depressing”.
“Things didn’t change much for me because as an actor you’re never certain of where your next job is. You’re always pacing yourself and being thrifty and things like that, so that had been my way of life since I came to London.”
Despite this lack of job security, Nora-Jane says she does not regret forgoing a career in science to pursue her acting dream, despite occasionally wavering.
“I always end up stepping back and going, ‘No, do you know what, I’ve got more in me yet before I do that’. It’s because I love it,” she says.
Despite her success, Nora-Jane is not content to rest on her laurels and is currently undertaking an acting workshop in London, while she has also broadened her horizons and started working on writing a film short.
“I liked it as a teen, I messed around with poems and things like that, but I think it takes time to find your voice and to figure out what it is you want to say.”
In the meantime, she has one or two projects in the pipeline for 2013, but it’s not clear as yet whether this includes a second series of ‘Deception’.
“I guess it just kind of depends on how well this series goes down and whether people tune in and are interested and invest in it enough to put on a second series and I really hope so.”
‘Deception’ airs on TV3 on Monday evenings at 10pm and is available on the TV3 player at www.tv3.ie.
Newsworthiness: Galway native Nora-Jane stars in TV3’s new Galway-based drama, ‘Deception’, which airs on Mondays at 10pm.