Young Offenders star among those celebrating Leaving Cert results

Demi Isaac Oviawe wants acting career but credits late father for placing emphasis on education

Young Offenders actor Demi Isaac Oviawe was among those celebrating after receiving her Leaving Cert results on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old from Mallow who participated in Dancing with the Stars earlier this year, was pleased with how she did.

"I did really well and I'm very happy with my results – I'm hoping to pursue a career in acting but I'm going to do a Post Leaving Cert course in radio broadcasting at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa on Tramore Road in Cork first so I can get a third-level qualification," she said.

“We were filming The Young Offenders from May 27th but I had four weeks off for the Leaving Cert but then one day at the end when I had no exams, I was back filming. I have this week off from filming now because of the Leaving Cert and my debs but I’m back filming next week.


“It was the same with Dancing with the Stars. I would do the live shows on a Sunday and then go into school for a maths class at nine o’clock on a Monday morning. It was a bit weird. Doing Dancing with the Stars, I could easily have dropped out but I decided to do my Leaving Cert.

“My dad, Joe who died when I was 15, always placed a great emphasis on education. He was always like ‘Get your education, make sure you have it perfect, you can follow your dreams but you must have education.’”

Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times