Caroline Morahan is one of Ireland's most popular TV personalities.
An actress, TV host and writer, Caroline's natural charm and on-screen warmth has made her firm favourite with the Irish viewing public. Caroline came to prominence as a TV host in Ireland. More recently, she has uprooted from her Dublin home to Los Angeles to concentrate on her true passion – acting.
Acting is where Caroline's career began. While still at school, she was offered the role of hell-raiser Barbara Cleary on the much-loved Irish series Fair City. Producers were looking for a 19-year-old blonde for the part but on meeting brunette Caroline, who was just 15, they unanimously changed their minds. A series regular for a year, Caroline turned down a 3 year contract with the show, deciding instead to finish school and get a degree before her next foray in front of a camera.
This next prime-time role saw her working another creative muscle, as a TV host. Once again, Caroline changed producers' plans when she won the coveted role of host on what became the hit TV show The Fame Game in 2001.
The network and producers envisaged a male host on the entertainment show but Caroline's effortless ease in front of the live studio audience and natural hosting style won them over. Girl power!
An accomplished writer – she had popular newspaper columns with The Evening Herald and The News of the World - Caroline also scripted the show. Producers had found an all-rounder.
From four successful seasons with The Fame Game, Caroline went on to become one of Ireland's most prolific and best loved TV hosts presenting a myriad of programmes on both TV and radio.
She hosted the RTE network's flagship fashion show Off the Rails for six seasons which spawned the Off the Rails fashion magazine and annual live event. She took the reins as host on the late night, deliciously irreverent Podge and Rodge Show, put dancers through their paces on the ferociously competitive Chance to Dance, co-hosted the daytime magazine programme The Afternoon Show. She served as head of the judging panel on the prime time talent contest Class Act.
She provided the voice of reason challenging celebrity surgeon Dr. Rey (aka Dr 90210) on the controversial Cosmetic Surgery Show, got the inside scoop on the star studded red carpet at The Irish Film and Television Awards live show and went head to head with Ireland's brightest comedians on The Panel.
Caroline hosted Ireland's largest live televised concert O2 in the Park in front of a 100,000 strong crowd at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. She mentored children in the art of TV hosting on TV show It's My Show. She hosted The Saturday Show for the Irish national radio station 2fm and got the Irish viewing public to dig deep on the highest rated Telethon in Irish history for People in Need.
She has guest appeared on a host of prime time shows including The Late Late Show, The Saturday Night Show, The Restaurant, The Cafe, The Den, The Health Squad, Beyond the Hall Door among many others.
In 2009 Caroline made a bold career U-turn. A chance meeting with renowned theatre director Peter Sheridan led to Caroline being offered the starring female role in Ireland's most successful musical of all time: I, Keano. From day one of rehearsals Caroline knew she was “home”. Her childhood love of bringing characters to life was re-awoken.
Her performance scored rave reviews from critics and audiences unaccustomed to seeing her on stage. This unexpected opportunity prompted Caroline to make a brave decision. She left her home, her friends and her hosting career and moved to Los Angeles to return to her first love - acting.
Ironically, her feature film debut required no acting! A Kiss for Jed Wood saw Caroline play herself alongside Jane Wisener (Sweeney Todd). The film was inspired by Caroline's first hosting vehicle The Fame Game, where obsessed fans won the chance to meet their idol.
Her next feature role came on off beat comedy Lionhead also starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill).
Caroline's work caught the attention of Shia La Beouf (Transformers, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) who selected her to star in his directorial debut, Howard Cantour.com which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. She has worked alongside Hollywood legends Sharon Stone and Andy Garcia in the feature film What About Love and enjoyed a critically acclaimed LA theatrical debut in the lead role in original piece Pity the Proud Ones at the LA Theatre Centre. She also appeared alongside Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Lost) in A&E network pilot Big Mike.
She was lauded for her chilling performance as the deeply disturbed femme fatale in Irish produced short I Can't See you Anymore in 2012.
In 2013 Caroline returned to the Olympia Stage Dublin where she showcased her comedy chops while wowing audiences with her powerful singing voice as the surgically enhanced Collagen Murphy in Anglo The Musical. She completed shooting indy pilot Tough Luck in Los Angeles in March 2013.Caroline was offered the lead role in She Stoops to Conquer in 2014 at the National Theatre of Ireland - The Abbey Theatre. This hugely successful run coincided with the 110th Anniversary celebrations of the internationally renowned theatre. She was also one of the privileged actors selected to take part in the 24 Hour Plays 2015.
In 2015 The Irish Film and Television Academy announced Caroline as the host of the 12th Irish Film and Television Awards. She hosted the prestigious award ceremony and television show at The Mansion House in Dublin.
Her latest role, opposite Sean McGinley (Braveheart, Gangs of New York) is in comedy drama Fir Bolg for TG4.
Caroline devotes much of her time to working with worthy causes. She is a long time supporter of Focus Ireland a wonderful organisation which works to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness, The Irish Heart Foundation and Down Syndrome Ireland, who honoured her with a Helping Hands award for her work with the organisation.
She has also worked for many years with The Rehab Group, an umbrella organisation which supports a range of charities providing services for young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, those with mental health difficulties and people with autism. They also care for the needs of the elderly and others who are marginalised.
She's helped fund-raise for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, The Irish Hospice Foundation and Irish Autism Action. Most recently she has gotten involved with mentoring children through The Cinemagic Foundation. She is an ambassador for the Make A Wish foundation and the ISPCA (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) where she led the Adopt a Dog campaign raising €100,000 for the cause.
She divides her time between Dublin and Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and rescue pooch Kiki.