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Teri arrives in Fair City

Teri arrives in Fair City

Teri arrives in Fair City

FAIR City gets a new character when Erica’s mother arrives into Carrigstown on Wednesday night.

Sue Collins, who was once part of singing group The Nualas, plays Teri, the estranged mother of Erica.

Teri pays an unexpected visit to her pregnant daughter this week. Erica has existed in Carrigstown without any relationship or mention of her mother and on Wednesday, we find out why when Erica tells her "You were a crap ma."

Throwing it back at her, Teri tells Erica that she did all she could to make her life hell, "You spent your life telling me what a failure I am."

Growing up, Teri has always seen Erica as more of a friend than her daughter, and on Wednesday Erica tells her that growing up she needed a mother not another friend. Instead of congratulating Erica, Teri says she’s not going to let anyone call her a grandmother having received a phone call from Dolores.

Erica: "You made it very clear growing up that you didn’t like me."

Teri: "No, I didn’t get ya, it’s not the same thing."

Erica: "It is to a 10-year-old."

“It was genuinely a lovely experience,” says Sue. “I knew quite a few of the cast… Enda Oates (Pete), Neilí Conroy (Sharon), Sorcha Furlong (Orla) , Martina Stanley (Dolores) .

“I want to mention how welcoming the younger crew were too! Having spent so many years on the comedy side of things it was so brilliant to get a chance to be cast in an acting role, my first love and the reason I went to drama college! The vibe on Fair City is relaxed and happy, I felt quite at home”.

Sue Collins trained at the Dublin School of Acting and co-founded 'The Nualas' in 1995, an act which became a huge success until they disbanded in late 2001.

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Dirtbird duo Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Dirtbird duo Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

Dirtbird duo Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins

During this time, The Nualas performed all over the world, most notably The Royal Albert Hall London, a sell-out seven week run at The Irish Arts Centre, New York, The Edinburgh Festival and The Olympia Theatre in Dublin as well as other venues across the UK, Ireland, Australia and Asia.

Sue is co-creator of comedy internet sensation ‘Dirtbirds’ along with Sinead Culbert. Sue is also founder member and guest improviser with The Dublin Comedy Improv and contributed to 'The Village' magazine as their resident comedy columnist.

She co-starred in the female version of Neil Simon's 'The Odd Couple' which toured Ireland.

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