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Fair City star set to return to the soap after ten years

Lorna Quinn has announced she’s reprising her role as Lucy Mallon in Fair City.

The actress, who left the Irish soap ten years ago, will be making her return in Tuesday night’s episode on RTÉ One at 8pm.

Speaking about her return, Lorna told RTÉ: “I often wondered might Lucy Mallon ever return, and if so, what could be her reason!”


“I had such a wonderful time in 2011/2012 when I first played this character, and now the opportunity to return and step into her shoes again, really is a dream come true for me. I hope the viewers of Fair City enjoy her storyline!” she added.

Lorna’s character Lucy was the deeply troubled young woman who became obsessed with Dolores having met her at a donor seminar.

Lucy latched onto Dolores after losing her own mother, but ended up leaving Carrigstown having terrified Dolores and broken her fiancé Wayne’s heart.

Lucy moved to Drogheda where she has been ever since, and started therapy with a man named Tyler to get over her fixation on Dolores.

In Tuesday’s episode, Lucy will return to Carrigstown to work on an insurance claim, certain that she will cross paths with Dolores, but confident that the personal growth she has worked hard to achieve will allow her to emerge unscathed.

Will she be able to cope when she comes face-to-face with very significant people from her past, or will cracks begin to re-appear once again?

Speaking about what viewers can expect, Lorna said: “Lucy presents a very calm and controlled exterior. She has perhaps learned to disguise less likable parts of herself, which allows her the ability to function socially from day to day and to form relationships.”

“However, we know from her history, that what is presented on the surface may contrast with what is bubbling within. It is this dichotomy that can eventually lead to the breakdown of relationships for her. It also leads to those around her being a little more suspicious and less trusting of her, and ultimately leading them to create some distance from her.”

“Lucy could be described as a very unreliable narrator. She can bend a story or bend the truth in a way to suit whoever she is speaking to. And maybe this is a coping mechanism that she has learned and acquired throughout her life.”

“What you see may not always be what you get. We don’t always know where we stand with her.”

She added: “I think for me as an actor playing her, it is very important that I have compassion and understanding for her, to see her humanity and to understand why she is the way she is.”

“Not to judge her, but to question more why she acts the ways she does, and why she says the things she says. She has acquired this way of being for very good reason, and I find it fascinating to explore and to learn more about her each week as the scripts come in.”

Tune in to Fair City tonight on RTÉ One at 8pm to see Lucy’s return.



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