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Irish MTV presenter Danann Breathnach
is being tipped as the next Jamie Theakston
after being snapped up by MTV to present a daily pop
26-year-old has uprooted from Dublin to settle in
London and now finds himself rubbing shoulders with
the likes of Moby, Emma Bunton and Westlife.
Breathnach, even found himself strutting on the Milan
catwalk recently alongside supermodel Giselle,
at the MTV Fashionably Loud show. "My life's
gone mad,"he says excitedly to news wire services.
thought things were crazy in Dublin, but everything's
just stepped up a pace since I got the MTV job and
moved to London. One minute I'm interviewing top pop
stars, the next I'm in Milan modelling clothes. I'm
not complaining though, it's fantastic and as glamorous
as it looks," he adds.
Breathnach, took over the live video show MTV Select
after being spotted on RTE, where he presented
a weekly teen pop programme called Fish with
he's a well known face in his native Ireland he didn't
hesitate to start out again as a relative newcomer
in England. "I honestly thought I'd never leave
Dublin," he admits. "I had a great life
over there and the work was flooding in. I used to
get mobbed walking down the street sometimes, but
when the offer came in from MTV I knew it was too
good an opportunity to miss - my dream job in fact."
Moving to London wasn't all plain sailing, however.
"One place was really squalid," he says.
"I opened up the dishwasher and found all the
plates crusted with mould."
Breathnach looks like putting all that behind him
as his TV profile grows. He's following in the footsteps
of the likes of MTV proteges Richard Blackwood
and Cat Deeley.
co-presenter on MTV Select is Lisa Snowdon,
who has been dating George Clooney. "I
haven't met him, even though I keep hoping he'll turn
up to the studio," says Breathnach of the Hollywood
superstar. "Lisa's a great girl but I don't think
she sees much of him either. He's a very busy man."
As for his own love life Breathnach happily admits
he's young, single and definitely free. "I had
a bit of a messy break up with my last girlfriend
a couple of months before I left Ireland, so the MTV
offer came along at the right time," he reveals.
"But I'm enjoying being single again. I'm always
having crushes on people. Kelly Brook, Helena Christensen
and the really cute dark-haired girl in the band Precious.
She's my new favourite," he adds.
Chances are it won't be too long before he gets to
meet his crushes in the flesh. But for now, the up-and-coming
star is determined to keep his feet firmly on the
ground. "I'm just grateful to have a job,"
he laughs. "When I was younger I always wanted
to be Han Solo in Star Wars, but when I realised that
was never going to happen, anything else was a bonus."
Breathnach was born and educated in Limerick and after
achieving a higher diploma in film and video production,
he kick-started his TV career as a researcher on RTE.
"I had no idea what a researcher was at the time,"
he grins. "I just thought 'what the hell. I'll
give it a go'.
the Han Solo disappointment I've never really had
a game plan, I've just enjoyed being in TV and want
to do the best I can at each job. That's why it's
flattering to be compared to Jamie Theakston, but
I take it with a pinch of salt. I can't help it with
family and friends like mine. They still live in Limerick
and whenever I go back home they don't make a big
fuss. They're proud of what I'm doing but I'm just
plain old Danann to them."
far from plain to his many female fans and he's set
to be a name to be reckoned with. And as for that
name? "It's Gaelic and pronounced Donann,"
he explains. "People are always telling me to
spell it with an O, but that only winds me up. It's
an unusual name, but I'm very proud of it," he
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