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Pat Shortt's comic daughter says she grew up believing he wrote: 'I Want To Break Free'

"Whenever I used to hear it I would think, 'oh, that's my dad's song'," Faye told the Sunday World.
Pat Shortt and his daughter Faye

Pat Shortt and his daughter Faye

Eddie Rowley

RISING star Faye Shortt reveals that for years she grew up believing her father had written the Queen song, I Want To Break Free.

The legendary British group's hit was the soundtrack to a 2002 Eircom advert featuring her comic dad Pat Shortt re-enacting Freddie Mercury's hilarious role in drag.

"Whenever I used to hear it I would think, 'oh, that's my dad's song'," Faye tells the Sunday World.

The young actress, who is set to co-star in the father and daughter stage comedy, Well, which she co-wrote with Pat, reveals that unlike her younger sister, Lily, she was never embarrassed by her father's fame or stage and TV characters that include sex-crazed Goretti from Killinaskully.

"I didn't find Dad embarrassing at all, to be honest," Faye says.

Pat in the Eircom ad with the Queen soundtrack

Pat in the Eircom ad with the Queen soundtrack

"But Lily hated it. Whenever Dad was on the Late Late Show she'd always be scarlet that he would mention her name."

Faye also tells how Covid led to her shelving plans to move to London to try her luck on the acting scene in the UK after finishing college -and forming a working relationship with her dad.

"I went to the Gaiety School of Acting for three years, and then Bow Street Academy in Dublin for screen acting, and that finished mid-Covid," she says.

"Working with Dad came out of Covid because I had plans to go to London once I finished college.

"Instead, I ended up moving back to Limerick, which was never on the cards. I haven't left yet and I can see myself in Limerick now for the next few years."

Faye and Pat have already enjoyed a smash hits online with Pat Shortt's Comedy Heads and a version of his popular podcast, The Wellness Hour.

Pat says: "Faye has always been very funny, she is a very talented woman. I never went through the process she has gone through in drama school, so I'm learning from her and observing her talent in that area.

- PAT and Faye Shortt bring their hilarious new show, Well, to Dublin's 3Olympia Theatre from February 17-19. Tickets are on sale now from

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