Model to Actress…

While Sharon’s quintessential red hair and beauty undoubtedly helped her to get modelling roles, she had other ambitions. Some time after the portfolio shoot, she mentioned my pic of her draped in muslin brought her to the attention of casting directors in her burgeoning film career.

Anyway, back to Sharon: she made her screen debut with a minor role in 1988 when she played the role of a junior barrister on the defence counsel in “A Fish Called Wanda”; then went on to appear in an episode of the BBC series “All Creatures Great and Small” in which she played Molly McFeely, the housekeeper to the vets in Skeldale House. Further work followed in “Young Charlie Chaplin”, as a chorus girl and later in an episode of RTE’s Glenroe called “Miley’s New Bullock” for RTE.

Her multi-linguistic skills came to the fore in 2005, when she went on to appeared in the Italian television series “Il giudice Mastrangelo” and her last-known film appearance was in another Italian television series, “Capri”, that concluded in 2010…

The shoot came about after I had the pleasure of working with her on a travel brochure which entailed a weekend in Torremolinos, a little way down the coast from where I’m writing this. Also accompanying us was Jan de Fouw, one of a small group of Dutch designers working in Ireland. 

Jan and I had been introduced by Elizabeth Healy, then editor of the Irish Tourist Board’s journal, “Ireland of the Welcomes”. As the magazine’s graphic designer he applied Bauhaus design principles learned at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague; and as a superb artist he also contributed many line and wash drawings, lino and wood cuts and light-hearted cartoons to illustrate the magazine’s features. Sadly Jan died about eight years ago…


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