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Lockdown love Actress Charlene McKenna says there was a 'weird beauty' to her wedding with only six guests

The Monaghan star finally got her big day in Castle Leslie when she married fellow actor Adam Rothenberg.

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Charlene McKenna married her Ripper Street co-star Adam Rothenberg Photo: Briona Rolfe/Instagram

Charlene McKenna married her Ripper Street co-star Adam Rothenberg Photo: Briona Rolfe/Instagram

Charlene McKenna married her Ripper Street co-star Adam Rothenberg Photo: Briona Rolfe/Instagram

Actress Charlene McKenna has revealed how she loved her ‘lockdown wedding’ even though there were only six guests allowed to attend.

The Monaghan star, who had originally planned to marry her Ripper Street co-star Adam Rothenberg last July, finally got her big day in Castle Leslie, revealing the news earlier this week.

“I was really sad (when the wedding was first cancelled) because I had so many plans, so many phone calls getting all the little details sorted and then the carpet is ripped out from under you,” she told Ireland AM.

“But then, keeping it in perspective and with everything that's going on and when you turn on the news , you have a cry and then think, 'you know what?, we’re grand’.”

In one picture shared online, Charlene looks stunning in her wedding dress alongside Adam who is dapper in his suit as they look at a camera and wave to guests who are watching them on Zoom.

“My friend took that picture, she was one of my six guests allowed to attend, and she cried taking it,” Charlene revealed.

“She told me how she welled up when taking that picture. I didn't have time to take it all in but it really sums up a lockdown wedding. There were only the six guests but there was a weird beauty to the day. I would advise (others who are thinking of getting married) to just do it.

“It’s a very intimate day and then you can have the big party later with the fancy meals or whatever. I found that that day had other things that we didn’t plan for.”

She also spoke about the Belfast-set thriller Bloodlands in which she plays Detective Sergeant Niamh McGovern alongside James Nesbitt who plays Tom Brannick, an Irish detective pursuing a mysterious serial killer named Goliath.

She said she started “from an immediate place of friendship" with fellow co-star Nesbit.

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Charlene McKenna and Adam Rothenberg at the Irish Tatler Women of The Year Awards

Charlene McKenna and Adam Rothenberg at the Irish Tatler Women of The Year Awards

Charlene McKenna and Adam Rothenberg at the Irish Tatler Women of The Year Awards

“And so there’s that trust there which is great because you can read together and you know you’re in the same space and you’re freer.

I think the relationship between me and Jimmy is just brilliant and it translates into the relationship on screen, which I think is lovely to watch. I love that it's platonic and it's unromantic and I love that, I find that really refreshing.

"The script was so tight from the beginning, it just makes our jobs as actors so much easier,” she added.

And as for her return as Captain Swing in the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders, McKenna said: " I'm coming to the party late on Peaky Blinders. It’s a fun thing to be part of a show that you’re a huge fan of. I’m constantly flipping between acting professionally and total fangirl, it's so confusing.

“They are going out on season six but there is serious talk about a film so maybe the fans will get a film down the line.”

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