Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman to attend Wales game

Irish rugby star has to sit this one out -- but his actress wife will be in the stands with him for the first time

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll and actress wife Amy Huberman

They say you should never bring your work home. But on Sunday, Brian O'Driscoll will bring his wife to work.

Of course, the rugby star's place of work is more glamorous than the average 'office' -- and Lansdowne Road will have around 50,000 fans screaming on Ireland and Wales in their opening Six Nations clash. But it will be the first time Amy Huberman has sat in the stands alongside Brian, who is injured, for a game. And they are both a little nervous.

"In all the time I've known Brian, I've never watched an international with him," she told the Irish Independent.

"I know he'll be as nervous as I was when he watched my sitcom, because Brian wants Ireland to win so badly."

In the racy comedy hit 'Threesome', the 32-year-old plays party girl Alice, who finds herself pregnant after a threesome with her boyfriend and gay best friend.

And it was last October, just after Ireland's crushing defeat by Wales, that Brian joined his wife for a gala screening of the sitcom in Dublin's Sugar Club.

Recuperating after shoulder surgery, the Ireland captain has been spending more time at home working on his memoirs, which will be published by Penguin. At the same time, Amy is finishing her latest novel for the same publisher.

"We call ourselves the Penguin factory," she said.

"His recovery is going really well and Brian is determined to come back to rugby better than before," she said.

However, the surgery means he will miss the entire Six Nations.

Ms Huberman was speaking yesterday as she helped launch the 10th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, at which her latest film 'Stella Days' will be screened in Dublin's Cineworld on February 23.

The star of 'The Clinic' said it will be her first time seeing the 1950s drama in which she stars alongside 'West Wing' actor Martin Sheen.

"It was screened last year in Galway, but I missed it. They did send me a DVD but it seemed a bit sad to watch it at home on my own," she said.

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard was also at the launch yesterday and said he would always be grateful to Dublin. The youthful-looking 61-year-old was presented with a Volta career-achievement award by organisers last night.

But the star of acclaimed films, including 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', also met his wife here while shooting medieval blockbuster 'King Arthur' in 2003.

"It was in the Horseshoe Bar in the Shelbourne Hotel. My wife Megan is American and had been living in Ireland for five or six years. We're back over again together this week so Dublin has so many wonderful memories for both of us," he said.

But the Swede isn't the only big name attending the festival from February 16 to 26.

Al Pacino will attend the screening of his documentary 'Wilde Salome' in The Savoy on February 20, Glenn Close is special guest at the Irish premiere of 'Albert Nobbs' in The Savoy on February 18 and Mark Wahlberg will be on the red carpet for his film 'Contraband' in The Savoy on February 24.

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