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Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy's TikTok videos a hit in lockdown


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Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy in a TikTok video filmed at her Newry home.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy in a TikTok video filmed at her Newry home.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy in a TikTok video filmed at her Newry home.

LIVING alone in lockdown, make-up artist Grainne McCoy has embraced her inner drama queen to fill her days.

The one-time star of The Apprentice and social media influencer has gained thousands of new followers since lockdown began, with fans tuning in to watch her comic skits and hilarious dance moves, all recorded on video-sharing app TikTok.

"I started out wanting to do some make-up stuff on it," says the mum-of-one.

"But pretty quick I got hooked on the lip-syncing stuff you can do on the app.

"My mother always said I should have tried my hand as an actress because she reckons I'm a drama queen. But it's great craic, and perfect if you don't take yourself seriously."

And Grainne's laugh-out-loud videos, lip-syncing immaculately to everything from comedy work-out sessions and American stand-up routines, are clear proof she's happy to make herself look daft in public.

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Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

But she says she only turned her attention to TikTok for something to do as lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak looked set to take hold.

"I'm here on my own in the house so I have nothing but time," says Grainne (35).

"I'm going to do more of my own sketches and see how they go down. I did one a couple of weeks ago, with a mop and a woman called Samantha which was good craic."

But it hasn't all been laughter, and one TikTok video Grainne shared highlighted the risks of domestic abuse during lockdown.

"I'd been reading a lot about that, and it was really on my mind because it must be such a difficult thing to go through on top of everything else," she says.

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Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

Ex-Apprentice star Grainne McCoy.

"So I thought this could be a way of highlighting how people can still reach out for help if they need it, but that was a bit of a hit and miss one. A lot of people thought it was very powerful, but I got some negative responses from people who thought I shouldn't have used a funny platform to talk about such a serious subject. It was disappointing, but hopefully most people understood what I was trying to do."

She's had her own struggles too.

"I had a good cry on Instagram a few days ago," she says. "You try your best to keep your spirits up, and all these videos are giving me a wee laugh, but things are so far from normal it's hard not to let it have an effect.

"My son Ryan is with his grandparents in lockdown. He adores them and he hasn't left the house, and we're speaking all the time on Facetime.

"I'm back and forth to my mum's for work things, picking things up for delivery. She's dressed head to toe in protective gear, and I'm not going inside.

"My sister is a few doors away too, so I'm able to see her out the door. I know I'm in a lucky position because people are having it a hell of a lot tougher. But it's definitely not easy."

Like many people, she's hoping that some positive changes can come from everything that's happening right now.

"Everything's changing," she says. "Not in a way anyone would have planned or predicted, but it has made me think.

"I've realised I really enjoy making people laugh and taking the Mick out of myself, so who knows. We just need to get through this, and if the power of laughter helps a little bit, then that's good enough."

Belfast Telegraph