Home Alone’s pigeon lady Brenda Fricker says Christmas can be ‘very dark’

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Home Alone 2's true heroine Brenda Fricker, better known as the "pigeon lady" in the Christmas classic, has said she'll be spending Christmas by herself again this year.

The 75-year-old Casualty star always lifts spirits at this time of year with the festive feel-good movie but sadly, the Oscar- winner will be going it alone this year, revealing that The Season To Be Jolly is instead going to be a "dark and lonely" one for her.

Speaking on Ray D'Arcy's Radio 1 show, she said: "I'm doing well, I'm hanging on like everyone else."

When asked how she'd be spending Christmas Brenda revealed that she'd be spending it by herself again, which can be 'very dark'".

The Irish-born actress went on: "I'm 75 now, and I would be lying if I said it would be a nice and happy Christmas because I'm old and I live alone. It can be very dark."

Explaining her routine for shutting the world out, she added: "I turn the phone off and put the blinds down. I do pre-record some good programmes and I have my dog and I get myself through it that way."

Used to spending Christmas day alone with her beloved companion, Brenda explained how the coronavirus pandemic hadn't caused any more disruption to Christmas Day than usual for her.

But she did admit that she was going to find missing out on New Year really difficult to contend with.

She continued: "While I don’t find Christmas all that difficult, what I do find difficult is New Year's Eve."

It wasn't just Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, that put Brenda on the map, in fact the Dublin-based star has had quite a successful on-screen career which spanned six decades.

In 1989, the year after her nine-year marriage to director Barry Davies broke down, she scooped an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Bridget Fagan Brown in My Left Foot.

Following her split from Barry in 1988, Brenda never did go on to remarry.

British fans probably best associate the actress for her role as the lovable Megan Roach in Casualty of which she appeared in over 60 episodes from 1986 right up until 2010.

At the age of 69, Brenda finally called it a day and decided to retire completely from her acting career in 2014.

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