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Fergie Smitten By Gabriel Byrne

13 November 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sarah Ferguson (photos), the Duchess of York has taken a shine to heart-throb Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (photos). She admits to being smitten by the dark, broody looks of the 50- year-old star. She says, "He's delicious. With his dark hair and dark eyes he looks like a gypsy, which I find very sexy." Byrne, currently starring in the TV sitcom "Madigan Men" (2000), has been spotted recently in New York with a mystery blonde date. The Dubliner moved to the city in order to be close to the two young children he has by his former wife, actress Ellen Barkin (photos). »

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Gabriel Byrne's Television Risk

30 October 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Irish hearthrob actor Gabriel Byrne has two main reasons for making his new TV sitcom "Madigan Men" (2000). The 50-year-old star says, "The primary reason I did it is because I got to the age where I just got tired of being on location movies and I wanted a life that had regularity and normality in regard to my kids." And Byrne - whose two children by ex-wife Ellen Barkin live in New York - contends that his main motive for doing the show was because he had never produced a TV or movie series before. He adds, "I'm not somebody who needs to leave feature films and go into TV. That's not why I did it Going to Broadway this year was a risk. Everything I've tried to do has been about trying to do something that has been a bit unpredictable, that has been a risk." »

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Byrne's Sitcom Is Slammed By Critics

25 August 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie idol Gabriel Byrne's new sitcom, "Madigan Men" (2000) has been given the thumbs-down by critics. A pilot of the new show - allegedly a male version of "Sex and the City" (1998) and penned by the same author - has been panned by reviewers. The New York Times reviewer says, "The only door likely to be opened by this show is the one marked 'Exit'. It focuses more on father-son angst and Irish proverbs than giving women tips on the male psyche." Media Week describes the show, which is being given a prime time Friday night slot, as "the second worst schedule move" of the autumn. Byrne plays divorcee Ben Madigan, who lives with his teenage son and grey-haired father. »

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