‘She felt a small, quiet panic rise up inside of her. It was the panic of a swimmer who has drifted out, little by little, on a rogue current and w(...)

‘Penny Dreadful’, which is filmed in Ardmore: the pennies have been mounting up at the film studio after a strong financial performance

Ardmore Film Studios has reported a fourfold increase in profit as it continues to recover from a slump that had threatened its future. Chief executiv(...)

Anne O’Mahony’s reputation for corsetry, cut, handsewing and tailoring has been firmly established. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘A dress can’t change anything”, argues a character in The Dressmaker, a new revenge comedy movie with Kate Winslet (due here later in the year) se(...)

Josh Hartnett and Eva Green in the second series of Penny Dreadful

Behind every vampire is a great prosthetics department. And props. And wardrobe. The first series of Penny Dreadful, Sky Atlantic’s slick gothic-ho(...)

Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

It’s not easy being a house plant. Too often, it’s expected to have the endurance skills of a French Foreign legionnaire along with a supernatural (...)

Irish actor Andrew Scott  will play the character of Denbigh - a Whitehall boss - in the new James Bond film, Spectre. He won’t be playing a villain, as many had initially expected.  Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA 2:30

Irish actor Andrew Scott is to star in the new James Bond film, Spectre. Details of Spectre were announced on Thursday at Pinewood Studios, outside Lo(...)

 Siún Ní Raghallaigh, CEO Ardmore Studios. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Behind the security gates of Ardmore Studios outside Bray is a phantasmal world dedicated to some of the great characters of gothic horror literature.(...)

Irish Times fashion shoot with Love Hate actors Aoibhinn McGinnity and Aaron Heffernan at the former John Players factory off the South Circular Road in Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Industrial and commercial buildings can look cold, sterile and not something you would associate with the perceived glamour of film and TV.There are, (...)

Knowing potboiler: Timothy Dalton and Eva Green in Penny Dreadful

On an unseasonably warm February evening I took a short cut through Henrietta Street in Dublin and found myself walking through the set of Penny Dread(...)

House guest: Marco Antonio di Biaggi, a flamboyant Brazilian celebrity hairdresser, who stays at the Copacabana Palace every weekend

Ever since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers flew down to Brazil and tap-danced in the Copacabana Palace, the Rio de Janeiro hotel has been a byword f(...)