On the couch...

with singer Mary Byrne

RTÉ Guide - - Contents - Mary Byrne

Born in Dublin, Mary Byrne earned fame as an X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist in 2010. Since then, she has re­leased a num­ber of al­bums, per­formed with Phil Coulter, sup­ported Neil Di­a­mond and ap­peared in mu­si­cal the­atre. Her TV work in­cludes Celebrity Bain­is­teoir and Mid­day, and her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy was pub­lished in 2011

Who con­trols the re­mote in your house?

My­self and my daugh­ter. When she wants to see som ething I’ll sit back and watch it with her and vice-versa.

What do the words “Christ­mas TV” mean to you?

Joy and just sit­ting back re­lax­ing. The last year I did the panto we only had Christ­mas Eve and Christ­mas Day o , and it was bril­liant to sit with Deb­o­rah and watch all those lovely old movies like It’s a Won­der­ful Life, Mir­a­cle on 34th Street and White Christ­mas.

What are your un­miss­able shows right now?

Aw there are so many! I’ve got into Net ix now and have been watch­ing Mak­ing a Mur­derer and all the old pe­riod dra­mas. On the telly right now, it’s The Hand­maid’s Tale.

Who would you cast in a new ver­sion of A Christ­mas Carol?

Colin Far­rell or Hugh Jack­man. They’re both ex­cel­lent and ca­pa­ble of play­ing this cranky old man who turns into this won­der­ful per­son.

Are you a “telly on, lap­top on the knees and phone for tweet­ing” over-load kind of per­son?

I wouldn’t be but I do of­ten have my phone out while watch­ing tele­vi­sion. A lot of the time I’m on Face­book or play­ing Candy Crush – while still con­cen­trat­ing on the tele­vi­sion.

What do you re­mem­ber about your first ap­pear­ance on telly?

It was on a TG4 pro­gramme called Nol­laig No. 1. I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘I’m not even go­ing to no­tice there are cam­eras there, I’m go­ing to pre­tend I’m in my lo­cal pub singing’, but it was a very sur­real mo­ment.

All-time favourite TV drama, com­edy, soap, doc­u­men­tary and live TV event?

Favourite drama would be, from a long time ago, Hill Street Blues. I have two favourite come­dies, The Mid­dle and Friends. For soap, I’ve al­ways loved Corona­tion Street. I love any doc­u­men­tary to do with his­tory. The live event that sticks out is Live Aid. It was fan­tas­tic.

Are there any gen­res of TV you just can’t abide?

I wouldn’t watch any­thing to do with shing, gol ng or cricket.

Do you watch a lot of tal­ent­con­test TV?

Yes, I would be a huge fan. I re­mem­ber when You’re a Star was on. Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent is one of my favourites but X Fac­tor is my num­ber one. I’m get­ting into Ire­land’s Got Tal­ent now too.

Are there any shows you have on box-set, DVR or red but­ton that you haven’t quite got round to watch­ing?

Any­time I have some­thing like that I will al­ways make sure I watch them straight away – then re­watch them over and over. Even The Wal­tons: I got a new box-set and have watched it a dozen times since. When I like some­thing, I re­ally get stuck into it.

Mary Byrne plays Fairy Mary in the Chee­rios Panto Snow White at Dublin’s Tivoli The­atre from De­cem­ber 4 to Jan­uary 13 See tivoli.ie for tick­ets.

White Christ­mas

Hill Street Blues

The Wal­tons

Colin Far­rell

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.