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Liam Neeson is very proud about his involvement in an upcoming docu-series as part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations. 

Speaking to Marian Finucane on RTE Radio 1 this morning, the taken star revealed he had to develop his own interest in Irish history. 

"We did not learn about our Irish history and it was only when I was at Queen’s University at 19, and the old internment was introduced and the horrors that were happening then were coming to a head, that I started to educate myself about the history of my country."

Liam is narrating the upcoming series, written and produced by historian Briona Nic Dhiarmada and the 63-year-old admitted that he was taken aback by some of the things uncovered during the course of making the documentary. 

"They have found footage that’s quite phenomenal and information that’s quite phenomenal. There’s images there that really took my breath away because I had never seen them."

Liam also spoke about the significance of the rising and in particular of Padraig Pearse's proclamation. 

"It shows just how beautiful that was and how far reaching it was… how it included women, and the vote… everyone would be equal, every religion would be respected."

You can listen to the full interview here.



Liam Neeson has spoken candidly about his relationship with late wife Natasha Richardson and in particular a cherished memory of their wedding day. 

Speaking to an American radio station, the 63-year-old Irish actor revealed that his wife had prepared a special treat for him on their wedding day which took place in Northern Ireland. 

Having decided that their wedding song would be Crazy Love by Van Morrison, the English actress decided she would learn it. 

"Behind my back Natasha had been taking singing lessons to sing it to me," revealed the father-of-two. 

"After the ceremony we were all going out to start the night's festivities and she grabbed the microphone and she sang me this."

"She had learned it and I was like 'Wow!'" 

Very adorable. 

The couple married in 1994 and remained an item until Natasha died from injuries sustained during a ski accident while on vacation with the family in 2009. 

Liam only had the strength to open up about the tragedy in an episode of 60 minutes that aired in 2014. 

"I went in to her and told her I loved her. Said, 'Sweetie, you're not coming back from this,' he recalled. 'You've banged your head.' "

"It's – I don't know if you can hear me, but that's – this is what's gone down. And we're bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come."



We're used to seeing LIam Neeson as the clean-shaven, perfectly-groomed action man, but in a snap that has hit the Internet this week, the actor has taken on a whole different look. 

Liam is playing a lead character in an upcoming Scorsese movie called Silence, and the freshly released picture has caused quite a stir online. 

The Taken actor spoke about his role at the Los Cabos Film Festival and explained that he had to lose 20 pounds for the part. 

"[Scorsese] gives 200 per cent. He's intimidating. He requires absolute silence on the set – if he hears one tiny sound, it shatters it for him."

According to online reports, the new movie will be based on two Jesuit priests in the 17th century who have to face a long road of violence and persecution. 

Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield will star alongside Liam, and Daniel Day Lewis is also rumoured to play a part in the film. 

Silence is planned to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016. 



Over the past few months, there have been numerous rumours of who will take on the roll as the new James Bond.

But over the past five decades, six actors have stepped into the boots of the 007 agent.

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have all portrayed the courteous and courageous secret agent in over 24 Bond movies.

With Spectre due to be released later this year, we look back at the actors who nearly made the cut.

Michael Caine

After Connery departed in 1967, Michael Caine was up to play the secret agent. According to BBC America, Michael was anxious he would be typecast after he played a spy in The Ipcress File. The role went to George Lazenby for a one movie stint; and back to Sean Connery for the two films to follow.


Clint Eastwood

We think Clint would have been a good one! The actor was another favourite up to play the iconic role after Sean Connery, but later turned it down. Talking to the Daily Mail he said, "I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal.”


Mel Gibson

Mel was turned down to play the part after reports of him being too small and too famous. Former screenwriter for Bond movies, Tom Mankiewicz admitted to the press that he was told by one of the producers, "I don’t want to make a Mel Gibson movie; I want to make a James Bond movie.” Tough luck Mel.


Liam Neeson

Ah, our favourite action hero's of all time. Liam was offered the role over twenty years ago but turned it down because of his late wife! Natasha Richardson told the actor that is he accepted the role, she would refuse to marry him. We do like a man that listens to his wife.


Hugh Jackman

Hugh admitted that playing the role of James Bond was not an easy one to give up. When he was offered the part over eight years ago, he turned it down because he was just about to film X-Men 2.


Henry Cavill

Henry nearly achieved the role in Casino Royale but ultimately he was viewed as too young, and the part went to Daniel Craig. In a post written on the British actor's website, he wrote, “I obviously wasn’t right for Bond."


Earlier in New York this week Liam Neeson sparked serious concern from fans when he appeared to be almost unrecognisable.

The Taken actor has transformed and is now looking startlingly slim and sporting much longer grey hair.

Liam, 63, was seen on Saturday looking quite gaunt. In a cap and sunglasses he appeared to be attempting to go unnoticed as he went about his business in the SoHo area.

Wearing loose fitting clothing, his thinner frame seemed to be highlighted even more over the weekend.

It hasn’t been made clear whether the actor’s changed appearance is for a new project or not. He has just recently finished filming a Martin Scorsese film and is set to start work on another in September of this year.

Just a few weeks ago the star was meeting and greeting fans at The Ronald McDonald House where he seemed more like he usual self.

Speaking to The Mirror, a rep for Liam said that "he's never been healthier."

The actor who has become much-loved for his “particular set of skills” since the Taken franchise achieved great success but has said recently he will be retiring for action movies soon.

“Maybe two more years – if God spares me, and I’m healthy,” Liam said to The Guardian. "But after that, I'll stop [the action], I think."


When actress Natasha Richardson died of a brain injury after hitting her head in a skiing accident six years ago, all eyes were on her husband Liam Neeson and his struggle to come to terms with her death.

However Liam and Natasha's teenage sons Daniel and Micheál were also left devastated by the loss of their mother, and now Micheál has revealed he turned to drugs and alcohol to help him cope.

Micheál, now 19, spoke out on the sixth anniversary of his mum's death about how he pushed his feelings away immediately after the tragedy, only realising last year that it was time for him to face his grief head-on. 

"Of course, when it happened it was devastating,” he told the Sunday Times Style magazine. “But in my mind, subconsciously, I either pushed it out or stored it deep inside. And so, within the next week I was like, ‘OK, on with my life’.”

Speaking about the years of substance abuse that followed, Micheál said, "I was going out, partying a lot, looking for self-gratification. I wanted to be the man, doing these drugs." 

"Everybody said, 'This kid has lost his mum, that's where the problem comes from.' And I was like, 'No, it isn't, I just like to party.' But looking back, I realise it was a delayed reaction."

Micheál says he "hit rock bottom" last year and checked himself into rehab. "Last spring, things just started going downhill,” he said. “The people I was with, we were partying a lot. I couldn’t leave my house. I was unmotivated, couldn’t wake up in the morning. It was dark. I hit rock bottom and couldn’t do anything."

The teenager says his father Liam is an "inspiration" to him but that he was always a "momma's boy" and took Natasha's death extremely hard. However with the support of his family he has moved on from drugs and is now working as a fashion gallery curator.

We're glad to see he is finally coming out the other side.



"It is a place where music flows as easily as conversations, and welcomes are warm and delivered with a smile."

There's no denying that our little country is a great spot for tourists and locals alike, but this new ad really has us feeling patriotic.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, the Discover Ireland ad shows off some of the best parts of the Emerald Isle, from Newgrange to the Cliffs of Moher to Cork's English Market.

Take a minute to watch this – it'll definitely brighten up your day!


On the US show Watch What Happens Live, the world was treated to the amazing sight (and sound) of Liam Neeson on helium.

In a section they eye-rollingly called 'Fun with He-Liam', Liam Neeson inhaled helium and says famous movie lines. It is exactly as hilarious as it sounds.



It’s great to be ambitious and creative and all those things, but we really think it’s about time Bono just stuck to the music. When will he just leave the politics to the politicians, and the films to the film makers?!

The U2 frontman is penning a script with none other than Liam Neeson. Apparently they’ve been working on it for the last six years, so we’re very interested to see what they’ve come up with in all that time.

The film will be set in Ireland in the 1970s and focuses on the showbands around that time – so we can see where Bono comes in, what with the music and all that.

We wonder if his big fat check of €100million from Apple will speed things along too?! Time will tell!


SHEmazing! TV is here to deliver your round-up of all the Showbiz News.

Today’s highlights include:

  • Rob Kardashian’s ex moaning
  • Romy and Michelle set to return?
  • Kate Moss is on the lash again
  • Liam speaks out about his wife’s death
  • Who called Kate Upton fat?

Emma Power reports


Graham Norton certainly had a star studded couch last night, with guests such as Charlize Theron, Seth McFarlene, Emily Blunt and of course, Tom Cruise.

The highlight of the night was of course when Graham convinced Seth do his hilarious impersonation of Liam Neeson’s, Taken speech using Kermit the Frog’s voice.



Selma, the biopic of Martin Luther King, has finally been given the green light for production.

Even more news for the highly anticipated film is that it will be produced by everyone’s favourite talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey.

Selma will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and it has been said that Liam Neeson and Hugh Jackman may be up for roles – we can only hope!

The movie will be set around the time of King’s campaign for voting rights in 1965.

We are really looking forward to this movie – even more now that Oprah is involved!