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Athlone actress stars in Vanish television advert

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 17th August, 2011 4:30pm

Athlone actress stars in Vanish television advert

A humorous tongue-in-cheek TV advert for Vanish powder is currently running on television in Ireland and the UK, and stars Athlone movie actress, Olivia Caffrey.

Olivia appears with 1990s popular singer, Chesney Hawkes, in the ad which was filmed a month ago in North London.

"The ad was very funny, and pastiche of 1950s Stepford Wives, and I'm one of three women in it who is using Vanish, and then Chesney Hawkes joins me for tea," said Olivia, who is a native of Athlone, and past pupil of Our Lady's Bower.

Next week Olivia goes to Oxford to play a nurse in a new film - 'Second Son', which is a science fiction film about the second coming.

"It's a good and dramatic part and a bit controversial," she said.

'Second Son' is the first dramatic role Olivia has played since she acted in an episode of the BBC drama series, 'Doctors' in 2008.

Olivia is the daughter of Colm Caffrey, Ballymahon Road, and the late Una Caffrey, who was formerly Una Lynch, who acted in the Abbey Theatre and the Royal Court in London, as well as in some Athlone Little Theatre productions.

2011 has been a busy year for the successful Olivia, who has an ample CV of acting on stage and screen. She was nominated for Best Actress in the Monte Carlo TV festival awards in April for her role on the RTÉ comedy series, 'Trivia'. Olivia was nominated alongside the world's top female comic talents, including Tina Fey for '30 Rock'.

"It is a great honour to be nominated with all the other actresses, including with my co stars of 'Trivia," said Olivia. "'Trivia' might get a second series early next year, but we'll have to wait and see."

Recently Olivia has done more voice over sessions as the voice of Discover Ireland tourist board for radio adverts.

She has also recently narrated the new Irish crime novel, 'Taboo' by Casey Hill.

"Talking books can be tough but very rewarding, because they are so intimate, it's just you and the microphone and you have to get into the minds of all the characters," she said. "You have a week to read the book, and then you go back through all the characters and prepare voices for each of them. In 'Taboo', there were times I've had to jump from American characters back into Irish."

Olivia is becoming more established and sought after by television and film producers, which has followed on from her successful theatre career in the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and the Tricycle in London. Following a guest role on 'Ballykissangel', Olivia was cast by a group of award winning directors such as Tony Bill, for the Emmy nominated 'Oliver Twist', where she starred with Elijah Wood and Richard Dreyfuss. She also worked alongside Daniel Craig (007) in 'Love and Rage' and with Brenda Fricker in 'Conspiracy of Silence'. She had a recurring role as midwife and goalkeeper, Kate, in the BAFTA nominated BBC series, 'Playing the Field', and also had a recurring role on the hit comedy series, 'Coupling'. She has had leading guest roles on 'Waking the Dead' and 'Holby City'.

Olivia is married to casting director, Carl Proctor and they live in London, with their two-year-old son, Henry.

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