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Belfast-born actress Paula Malcomson is happy to be coming home

By Maureen Coleman

A Belfast woman who became a Hollywood star after falling into acting by chance is to return home next month to shoot her first Northern Irish film.

Paula Malcomson, 42, who plays the mother of Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence in the blockbuster series The Hunger Games, has signed up to appear in a movie short, Cleansed, written by local man Paul Caddell.

Despite a prolific career on both stage and screen, which includes appearances in US hit shows Lost, ER, Deadwood and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, it’s only the second role in which Paula will revert to her own accent.

The first was when she played Belfast woman Maureen Ashby in the award-winning serial drama Sons of Anarchy.

In a rare print interview, the Los Angeles-based actress said she had been keen to work back home for some time and that Caddell’s debut film script had provided her with the perfect role.

Read full interview in tomorrow's Sunday Life

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