Ray Donovan

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Paula Mal­com­son plays long-suf­fer­ing wife Abby in drama show Ray Donovan (2013-cur­rent), but it’s not the first time she’s played a char­ac­ter who takes a knock. She was abused pros­ti­tute Trixie in Western-themed show Dead­wood (2004-2006), as well as Mau­reen Ashby, the aban­doned girl­friend of John Teller, the main pro­tag­o­nist in biker drama se­ries Sons Of An­ar­chy (2008-2014).

Luck­ily Paula didn’t need to spend 1

months per­fect­ing her Ir­ish ac­cent to play Mau­reen – the 46-year-old was born in Belfast, North­ern Ire­land on 1 Jan­uary 1970.

She says that strong char­ac­ters 2

speak out to her and she wanted to do Ray Donovan be­cause “the fact that Liev Schreiber was play­ing Ray, and he’s such a man, I thought, ‘Well, she needs to be such a woman to be mar­ried to him!’”

One thing she doesn’t like about 3

LA, where the show is filmed, is how “the houses look the same, es­pe­cially in places like Calabasas (where Ray lives) – I wouldn’t be able to find home.”

When asked who she modelled 4

tough Abby on, Paula says “Carmela from The So­pra­nos (1999-2007). [Ac­tress] Edie Falco is one of the finest and I’m ab­so­lutely in­spired by her”. Not that she com­pares her­self to the award­win­ning star, adding “If any­one wants to make that com­par­i­son, fine, I’m flat­tered… but she’s way, way bet­ter.”

And while she’s happy with her 5

gritty roles, Paula ad­mits that “I’d love to be in a zom­bie show, with 50 mil­lion peo­ple watch­ing me, with pieces of flesh fall­ing off and stuff”.

Paula’s quiet on her love life, 6

but the 1.66m-tall star hinted to po­ten­tial suit­ors that “while Abby stays with Ray, Paula would up and leave!”

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