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gang-star Irish star Sonya Macari wins role in top US comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Sonya previously starred in The Tudors and RTÉ series The Clinic

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Sonya Macari. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Sonya Macari. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Sonya Macari. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Irish actress Sonya Macari has won a role in hit American show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The 41-year-old actress has said she will be taking part in the new season of the comedy.

Sonya confirms she has a guest role in an upcoming episode but told the Sunday World she can’t comment further as the show has not aired.

The series follows the exploits of ‘The Gang’, a group of narcissistic friends who run the Irish bar Paddy’s Pub in south Philadelphia.

Among its main stars is legendary Danny DeVito, who plays Frank Reynolds.

‘The Gang’ is a group of five misfit friends: twins Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Deandra ‘(Sweet) Dee’ Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson), their friends Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day) and Ronald ‘Mac’ McDonald (Rob McElhenney).

The show is critically acclaimed, with the BBC recently labelling it America’s current best sitcom.

Sonya’s was born in Ireland of Italian descent and her acting debut was in RTÉ series The Clinic, which was followed by a recurring role in The Tudors.

She has also featured in the Oscar-nominated silent movie The Artist, the title role of Mary Magdalene for the Hallmark channel and an Italian spy Antonia for the hit show Chuck on NBC.

Her dancing has also led to work on the set of Glee, and music videos for Michael Bublé and Ozzy Osbourne.

Sonya lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband, Colin Devlin of The Devlins. The couple have two young children, Evie and Leo. She is a sister of former model turned businesswoman Virginia Macari.

Sonya says she first fell in love with acting when as a child she saw The Wizard Of Oz.

“I moved to New York at the age of 19, NYC was a huge awakening for me,” she recalls. “ I knew I loved acting but I had developed a serious love and respect for the art and craft of acting, I started studying at the HB Studios, a real nice environment.”

She adds: “I have been so so close to roles that would have...been a game changer, they would have changed my entire career trajectory, but you move on. You learn to deal with the disappointment, I seem to have gotten really good at it.”

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She had a hiatus while starting a family.

“Getting back on the saddle after starting a family is also very challenging, both work and family are very gratifying to me, so hopefully many wonderful things to come, I have my amazing husband to thank for, he is the very definition of unconditional love and support, whatever challenges we face, we face together.” she notes.

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