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Oh boy Actress Sarah Greene 'can't wait' to show off her son after giving birth during the pandemic

The Cork star is still living in Belfast, where series Frank of Ireland was filmed, with her musician partner and baby

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Sarah Greene, Photo: Clara Molden

Sarah Greene, Photo: Clara Molden

Sarah Greene, Photo: Clara Molden

Normal People star Sarah Greene has revealed that becoming a new mum has been a “life-changing” experience during the pandemic.

The Cork actress was just one week away from completing filming on her new Channel 4 comedy series Frank of Ireland with Domhnall and Brian Gleeson when Covid shut down production in March last year.

By the time it resumed in September the 36-year-old star was five months pregnant.

The actress has since had a baby boy and is still living in Belfast, where Frank of Ireland was filmed, with her musician partner and baby.

“The last year has been life-changing in the best possible way, although we haven’t seen my family for months,” said Greene, who is normally based in London.

“We’ve had lovely bonding time, the three of us getting to know each other, but I can’t wait to show [our son] off a bit now.”

She told iNews: “I haven’t spoken apart from mummy-talk for so long.”

In Frank of Ireland she plays Aine, the former girlfriend of perpetual loser Frank (Brian Gleeson) who still lives at home with his mammy and believes he is a talented musician and who is supported by his best friend, the even dimmer Doofus, played by brother Domhnall Gleeson.

“That last week [of filming] was a bit of a blur – I remember waddling off set at the end of one day and Domhnall going, ‘Oh my God, you are SO pregnant…’

“The costume girls did an amazing job of widening all the dresses because I was huge. I was just relieved we got to finish it, to be honest.

“You couldn’t mix with anybody. I was tested every couple of days and it all became a lot more serious. Still great craic, but the on-set vibe had definitely changed.”

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Sarah Greene in Dublin Murders

Sarah Greene in Dublin Murders

Sarah Greene in Dublin Murders

Greene said she knew the Gleeson brothers for years and worked with their dad Brendan in the 2011 comedy thriller The Guard.

Talking of Normal People, in which she played Lorraine, the kind-hearted mother of Paul Mescal’s character Connell Waldron, Greene said she was still incredibly proud of the series and its stars Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones.

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“It’s been amazing watching Paul and Daisy’s rise,” she said.

“They’re gorgeous human beings – I was never that cool at that age.

“You felt the magic, that chemistry was so palpable from their first moments on set together.

“I think a massive change will come from that show, how it was performed and filmed.

“And how it was so raw and honest about how awkward relationships can be as teenagers, opening up the conversations around consent at around the same time as I May Destroy You

“And at a time when we were starving for new content, watching two people touching each other in a world where we weren’t allowed to touch people… it’s quite lovely.”

Busy Greene, who also appeared in last year’s Dublin Murders and Roadkill, said her next acting gig would be “a really black comedy” in June for TV and then, perhaps, “a couple of cool indie films” next year and a return to theatre.

But the actress said she was in no rush, with plenty going on at home.

“I’ve got plenty on,” she said.

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