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Chips ahoy Nadia Forde 'so excited' to share new RTÉ chipper comedy

Among the stars to offer her their congratulations online were Amy Huberman, who created her own series Finding Joy, Samantha Mumba and Holly Carpenter

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Actress and model Nadia Forde. Photo Sarah Blake

Actress and model Nadia Forde. Photo Sarah Blake

Actress and model Nadia Forde. Photo Sarah Blake

Nadia Forde has told how she was first inspired to develop her new TV project while on maternity leave with her newborn daughter.

She revealed that the idea for The Lido - a comedy set in a Dublin chip-shop - came about while looking after baby Wyatt at home. The show is to be developed for RTÉ.

“Been bursting at the seams to share this,” she said on Instagram. “The Lido started way back when I was at home nursing my (then) newborn and myyyyy god it’s been a journey already.

“We have the most INCREDIBLE creative team on this and with RTÉ One and Northern Ireland Screen onboard I’m so excited about what we’re cooking up together. Here’s to many salty vinegar Italian chipper drenched dreams.”

Among the stars to offer her their congratulations online were Amy Huberman, who created her own series Finding Joy, Samantha Mumba and Holly Carpenter.

The show will be inspired by her family’s own background in the fish ’n’ chip business. While she grew up in Dublin, Nadia is of Italian descent.

The Lido will revolve around a family-run chipper in Dublin and will be set in the 1980s. It will focus on the characters who live and work there.

The production will be made for RTE in collaboration with Northern Ireland Screen, it was announced this week.

After starring in I’m a Celebrity in 2014, Nadia enjoyed a high profile in the UK and worked as a model.

But she has long worked as a singer and actress also, and in recent years she has been developing an acting career with appearances in the thriller Once Upon a Time in London. Her theatre credits include a lead role in a high-profile stage production of The Wedding Singer.

Following I’m a Celebrity, she also featured in two further series in the UK - ITV’s Keep It In the Family and Celebrity Masterchef.

In recent years she has spent much of her time in London with husband Dominic Day, a professional rugby player-turned businessman, and their young daughter.

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