Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tara Lands Gem of a Character

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tara Lands Gem of a Character

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I Capture The Castle, starring Tara Fitzgerald, opens in cinemas today

In her latest movie British actress Tara Fitzgerald plays a young woman trapped in a highly dysfunctional relationship. But things couldn't be more different in real life for the stunning star.

She recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary with actor director, John Sharian, and it's clear the smitten couple are still enjoying a honeymoon period.

Sussex-born Tara admits she never had any particular yearning to get married or start a family. But all that changed when she met Sharian, 41, on the set of a low-budget movie in Luxembourg five years ago.

"I fell in love. It's as simple as that," she says her eyes lighting up. "Yes I was happy single, doing my own thing. I couldn't imagine settling down unless I met someone that I really connected with, someone I could really talk to and that's what I found with Johnny.

"He's a very strong character and it's that strength I fell for. He has an integrity which I really admire and respect. It's wonderful to be able to really talk to someone and know they know what you're really on about. These days my favourite thing is to come home and just talk with Johnny."

The couple are also happy to mix business with pleasure. They've already worked together on a number of projects, and FitzGerald says she'd love to share the limelight with her hubby again in the future.

"I'm a big fan of his work," she smiles. "He's a terrific director and that's something he's moving into more and more. I really enjoy being directed by him.

"We've also appeared on stage together and that was a lovely experience, we definitely have shared work goals," she adds,

Another of those shared goals is to eventually start a family, explains Tara, 35.

"It's definitely something we'd both like and something we've talked about," she says before adding, "but not yet, there's still so much else I want to do."

The talented actress did get a taste of motherhood - albeit a second-hand one - during filming of her latest movie, I Capture The Castle.

Based on the best-selling book by 101 Dalmatians' novelist, Dodie Smith, the film tells of a genius writer (Bill Nighy) who moves his eccentric family into a rambling castle, where his two beautiful daughters meet two dashing American brothers.

FitzGerald plays Topaz, Nighy's free-spirited artist wife, struggling with her role as stepmother to his three children.

"She's just turning 30 but lives in this ramshackle castle with her reclusive husband and his children who are approaching her own age and she's having a crisis," explains Tara.

"She lives to inspire, but her husband has this terrible writer's block so she feels a failure that she can't help him lift it. Topaz is a wonderfully complicated and hypocritical character. …

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