English star thanks Irish people for ‘being so generous and welcoming’

English star thanks Irish people for 'being so generous and welcoming'

Florence Pugh is the latest movie star to pay tribute to the beauty of Ireland as she spends time here filming for her latest role.

The English actress is in Co Wicklow shooting the film adaptation of Emma Donohoe’s novel The Wonder.

It is a fascinating story about an English nurse working in Ireland during the years following the Famine. She begins to care for an Irish girl who has stopped eating and drinking but sees no deterioration in her health.

The phenomenon draws media attention and tourism to the rural village.

Pugh posted a photo of her in costume during a break in filming and wrote about her excitement at being part of the team telling of such an unusual story.

She posted: “First look at ‘The Wonder’.

“We’ve been traipsing around the Irish hills for the last week and it’s truly been a magnificent start to a beautiful and exciting film.

“What a story to get our teeth stuck into, what a crew to be working alongside and a fantastic director Sebastian Lelio to be leading us!

“This will be fun.”

The English actress first rose to fame after she starred as English wrestler Paige who fulfilled her dream by becoming WWE Diva’s Champion against all odds. The movie was directed by Office creator Stephen Merchant and featured a cameo appearance from action megastar The Rock Dwayne Johnson.

Pugh then went on to star opposite Irish star Saoirse Ronan in the 2019 adaptation of the novel Little Women.

She is delighted to have finally had the chance to work in Ireland herself and is making the most of her time here.

When she has not been filming, Pugh has taken in the sights and mixed with the locals and was happy to share her experiences on her Instagram page.

She posted a photo of the Hollywood sign on the Wicklow hills with the caption: “Less traffic, greener hills and great Guinness. A different kind of Hollywood”.

Pugh has also sampled a pint of our delicious national drink Guinness, although it looks as though she was a bit keen and didn’t allow it to fully settle before taking a sip.

The actress then made special comment in her Instagram story to thank the people of Ireland for their kindness and hospitality.

She wrote: “I can’t tell you how gorgeous everyone is, every single person I interact with is lovely and so helpful.

“Everyone is so kind and ready to just have a good time with you.

“So, thank you Ireland for being so generous and welcoming.”