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Young Northern Ireland actress Thaddea Graham the star of new BBC drama Us

Yet Co Down woman wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter

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Star role: Thaddea Graham as Kat, with Tom Taylor as Albie, challenges Douglas (Tom Hollander) in a scene from Us

Star role: Thaddea Graham as Kat, with Tom Taylor as Albie, challenges Douglas (Tom Hollander) in a scene from Us

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Star role: Thaddea Graham as Kat, with Tom Taylor as Albie, challenges Douglas (Tom Hollander) in a scene from Us

She is one of the stars of the new TV drama everyone is talking about... but Co Down actress Thaddea Graham has revealed that she grew up dreaming of being a Blue Peter presenter.

Rather than following in the footsteps of Zoe Salmon and the late Caron Keating, however, the 23-year-old former Bloomfield Collegiate student chose drama school instead.

And she is now garnering rave reviews as the brash, quirky Kat in BBC1's new four-part adaptation of David Nicholl's 2014 novel Us, which tells the story of a middle-aged couple attempting to save their marriage by embarking on a European tour with their teenage son.