Ball hesitated over Shameless role
Angeline Ball has admitted that she had to think long and hard before accepting a role in Shameless.
The highly-reputed Irish actress, who was launched into the spotlight in 1991 playing Imelda Quirke in Alan Parker's The Commitments, has just joined the Channel 4 drama playing gossip-loving hairdresser Gloria Meak.
She said: "When Shameless hit our screens, it was gigantic. And when this part came up, I thought, 'It's so good, but am I the kind of actress that can do that?'
"I'd done film, played Molly Bloom, done The Commitments, a lot of soaps, Doc Martin... but it doesn't require this kind of acting. This is very different."
But now, she's loving the challenge: "Gloria is sassy, feisty and insecure. She's had various rejections in her life and that's what makes her strong and have her own business.
"You also think she's an ice maiden. She doesn't suffer fools gladly."
Under the surface, Angeline doesn't think her new character's a world away from the role that made her famous.
"Twenty years later, it feels to me like Gloria is very similar Imelda. I've spent years cutting my hair really short, playing lesbians and gritty, hard roles, and now I've gone back to being a fluffy girly-girl," she said.
:: Shameless continues on Tuesdays on Channel 4.