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All Molled Up Kin's Yasmin Seky was headhunted on Facebook to star as gangster's moll Nikita

Star-in-the-making Yasmin Seky chats suffering ‘imposter sydrome’ on the set of Kin, squeezing into Nikita’s tiny dresses and how she’s determined to make the most of her big break.

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A surprise Facebook message has propelled Yasmin Seky to fame as Nikita in Kin.

A surprise Facebook message has propelled Yasmin Seky to fame as Nikita in Kin.

A surprise Facebook message has propelled Yasmin Seky to fame as Nikita in Kin.

Right about now, Yasmin Seky is pretty glad her day job is telephone-based.

The bank worker from Dublin exploded into living rooms as glamorous Nikita Murphy in gangland drama Kin just eight weeks ago.

And the 23 year-old admits she’s still reeling from her newfound television fame.

“It’s been really strange having people in work saying it to me,” smiles Yasmin, who plays Eric ‘Viking’ Kinsella’s girlfriend in the popular RTÉ show.

“Usually I just go under the radar and do my job, and now it’s like, ‘Hey, you did this!’ and putting it up on the work noticeboard and things like that.

“Even from family and friends, every Sunday they message me like, ‘It’s almost time to watch the show!’ - that’s cool.”

Still, amid the monotony of lockdown, who can blame her work family for getting excited about having a rising star in their midst, after the Cabra girl was plucked from obscurity to star alongside the likes of Aidan Gillen, Ciarán Hinds and Maria Doyle Kennedy in the stylish slow-burner, which reaches boiling point tonight.

“It was pretty nerve-wrecking,” she admits of joining the star-studded cast. “Obviously, you get over the audition stage and you think, ‘Yeah, you know what, I can definitely do this’ - I wouldn’t have been chosen if they didn’t think I could do the job.

“And then you get sent the list of the cast and you’re like, ‘Oh my God’. I just got a wave of imposter syndrome, like ‘I shouldn’t be here’, or maybe I’m going to step on people’s toes.

“But as soon as I got on set and as soon as I got into it, I was raring and ready to go, and everybody was so helpful and so friendly so it definitely made the experience better than I was expecting it to be, to be honest.”

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Yasmin says she loves glamming up as gangster’s girl Nikita — because off-camera she’s normally in tracksuits

Yasmin says she loves glamming up as gangster’s girl Nikita — because off-camera she’s normally in tracksuits

Yasmin says she loves glamming up as gangster’s girl Nikita — because off-camera she’s normally in tracksuits

Charismatic Yasmin landed the role after receiving an out-of-the-blue Facebook message from the casting agent whose books she was on as a teen, who just happens to be Louise Kiely, the woman responsible for casting Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Connell and Marianne in Normal People.

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“I really wanted to do it,” she explains of following her dreams, “but I got to that age where everything is really daunting, and you have your Leaving Cert and you don’t know what you’re going to do, and you have everyone telling you what you should do. You just feel once you’ve made the decision, especially at 16 or 17, ‘Right, this is the end of the road for me’.

“I really wanted to be a tattoo artist, but I didn’t think my parents would approve, so I went to college and studied art and design,” she continues of Plan B.

“Then I dropped out of that and went and did visual communication, and that didn’t work out. So I said that I’d be a hairdresser and I did an apprenticeship for a year, and then that didn’t work — and I ended up in the bank, so it was a lot of back and forth.”

Her hairdresser background, ironically, may have come in quite handy for playing the impossibly glamorous beautician, who helps launder cash for her fella’s crime family on the show.

An athleisure wear fan, like most lockdown ladies, Yasmin reveals that she grew to love getting ‘molled’ up as Nikita.

“Certain things about her I can see [in] myself, like I like having my hair done and all that type of stuff. But wearing leather and thigh-high boots every second day would definitely not be me,” she laughs.

“I wear a hoodie and a pair of runners to my office every single day — so that was fun. There was a lot of things that I seen (sic) on the rack and I was like, ‘OK, what is going to happen here?’

“Like, for the funeral scene, when they brought out this black bandage dress with a deep V, and I was like, ‘OK’. I put on a thermal top underneath the dress that had a plunging neckline, and I walked out ready to go on set and I got scissors and cut the middle of the top all the way down!”

Although her star is undeniably on the rise, Yasmin is hoping to keep her, eh, head down, when it comes to one of the series’ naughtier scenes between Nikita and Viking, played by Sam Keeley.

“There’s two things that I was waiting for, someone to ask me for a blow job and someone to call me a ‘scruffy c***’,” jokes Nikita, referencing another of the show’s most tweeted lines. “I personally didn’t see an issue with [the scene], they’re a young couple, they’re having fun.”

“So I don’t think there was any awkwardness about it at home for me — I don’t know about people watching!”

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Yasmin Seky to fame as Nikita in Kin with Sam Keeley, who plays Eric ‘Viking’ Kinsella in the show

Yasmin Seky to fame as Nikita in Kin with Sam Keeley, who plays Eric ‘Viking’ Kinsella in the show

Yasmin Seky to fame as Nikita in Kin with Sam Keeley, who plays Eric ‘Viking’ Kinsella in the show

Either way, Yasmin will have to get used to being stopped by fans, as she was recently while jetting to Tenerife on holiday.

But she’s determined to make the most of her second shot at fame as Kin continues to wow viewers as far away as the US and Australia on streaming service AMC+.

“I have people from the States message me being like, ‘I’m watching from America and I really like the show’, that’s when it really does hit home, and I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s actually international’.

“I’d absolutely love to do this full-time, and a couple of things have come across [my desk], but it’s really hard to guarantee.

“If last year has shown me anything, it’s that anything can happen,” she smiles.

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