Irish women who forged media careers abroad
Laura (inset below) rose through the ranks at blinding speed, from a Newstalk internship to MTV, to ITV, all in a few short years.
Bray-born Laura studied at the Leinster School of Music and Drama as a teenager and landed in MTV in 2008, after winning an open competition for a presenting role.
She carried the Olympic Torch in London in 2012 and last year was a celebrity contestant on the BBC’S 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
She’s been linked to Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden and Danny O’reilly from The Coronas. She lives in Camden, London.
After starting out in print journalism, Orla, from Dublin, made a career as RTE’S youngest-ever foreign correspondent — she was sent to Eastern Europe when she was just 23.
She left RTE to run for the Labour party but did not win a seat.
She then joined the BBC and forged an international reputation with her incredibly evocative war pieces. A decade after arriving in London, she was awarded an MBE.
Castleknock woman Ruth worked in Los Angeles from 2010 to 2015, where she gained experience as an associate producer for ABC News and as a reporter for E! News and E! Online.
In 2015, she moved back to Ireland, but after nothing really took off for her here, she decided to make the move to New York city.
The blonde beauty was about to leave for New York when she got a call from Xpose asking to cover maternity leave for six months — she rejected the offer and moved to New York.
But, while she was over there, TV3 came knocking again and she decided it was too good of an opportunity to turn down, so she returned home to host TV3’S Xpose.
She most recently said that this was a mistake, as she missed her friends in the States so much.
She now has her sights set on working in London.