Thrones star sees Syd­ney

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IT’S Michelle Fair­ley’s first time in Syd­ney and the Ir­ish ac­tress, star of HBO’s sweep­ing TV se­ries Game of Thrones, is warmly prais­ing her sur­round­ings.

‘‘I’m just lov­ing it, it’s such a beau­ti­ful city,’’ she says in her husky Celtic tones.

Clearly en­joy­ing the warmth af­ter fly­ing in from a north­ern hemi­sphere win­ter, the ac­tress who plays ma­tri­arch Cate­lyn Stark reels off a list of at­trac­tions she’s al­ready taken in, although she’s been in the city only a cou­ple of days.

‘‘What haven’t I seen would be more to the point,’’ she says, smil­ing.

In Aus­tralia to pro­mote the DVD re­lease of the sprawl­ing saga that’s gained mil­lions of fans and crit­i­cal ac­claim, Fair­ley says she’s still amazed by its success and by the ded­i­ca­tion of its fans. ‘‘I love that peo­ple are passionate about it,’’ she says. ‘‘It is fas­ci­nat­ing that peo­ple get so in­volved be­cause as an ac­tor you have to get in­volved, you have to im­merse your­self in that world.’’

But Fair­ley says it’s not so hard for her to em­pathise with fans of the show as she’s had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence her­self when watch­ing the crit­i­cally ac­claimed US crime drama The Wire.

‘‘That world seemed so . . . you could smell it, you could touch it al­most,’’ she says.

‘‘I re­mem­ber meet­ing some of the ac­tors from that and I was ‘oooh, that’s Omar’. . . so I can un­der­stand it be­cause I my­self am a viewer as well.’’ is avail­able from March 6.

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