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John Lynch and Susan Lynch
in conversation with
Denis Tuohy
Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast
Sunday 30th April 2006

JOHN LYNCH was born in 1961.His first break came while he was still a student at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and was cast in the title role in the film version of Bernard MacLaverty's Cal. he then spent several years concentrating on the stage before returning to film and television. Over the years he has played a wide variety of roles ranging from Irish paramilitaries through George Best to numerous costume dramas including the recent BBC Television Bleak House. On stage he has worked with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Irish National Theatre Comapnay at the Abbey in Dublin. In 2005 John broke new ground with his first novel "Torn Water" which includes an affectionate prtrait of the Ulster Drama Festival and a thinly disguised stalwart of the Festival Circuit.

SUSAN LYNCH was born in 1971. She also studied at Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she won the Kenneth Branagh Renaissance Award for Most Promising Stuudent. Like her brother, Susan has combined work in film and television with regular stage appearances including the title role in Miss Julie in the West End. Other stage work has included the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court and the Abbey. Screen successes have included the part of Selkie in The Secret of Roan Inish and the title role in Nora for which she won a Best Actress Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards. She is the only person to have won three IFTA acting awards.

DENIS TUOHY has had a career in broadcasting that few can match. Over four decades he was a key figure in such programmes as Panorama, 24 hours, Tonight, and This Week. margaret Thatcher described their first television encounter as "the most hostile interview of the whole campaign" . He has alos worked on a variety of radio stations and in print journalism for some of the most distinguished publications in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Before entering the media Denis had embarked upon a career in the theatre, recently revived. His earlystage experiences were with the QUB Dramasoc with whom he performed on the Ulster Drama Festival Circuit. last year Denis memoir "Wide-eyed in Medialand" was published to great acclaim.