MICHELLE Fairley has landed a part in the new Harry Potter movie.
The Coleraine actress's agent was contacted by film representatives last week to arrange a new schedule of shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Michelle had almost missed out on the part due to her involvement in Brian Friel's Olivier award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa which opened at the Old Vic in London last Thursday.
However producers for the blockbuster have insisted that they want Michelle to play the part of Mrs Granger, a Muggle dentist and the mother of Hermione Granger, one of Harry's two best friends, played by Emma Watson.
The film also stars Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane and Helena Bonham Carter.
Michelle told The Coleraine Times: "They wanted to do shooting for the film on the press day for the play I'm in at the Old Vic which meant me being in the theatre all day. So, initially I couldn't do it.
"So it looked as if the part was gone until the director came back and said that he wanted me for the part. They have now arranged new dates for the shooting which will take a couple of days.
"I'm delighted as I've a lot of friends and family and their children who all love Harry Potter, so it's lovely to be involved.
"I've never seen any of the Harry Potter movies or read any of the books," admitted Michelle, who now plans to watch the films and read the books in preparation for her part.
"It's not a very large part, maybe three or four scenes which will take just a few days filming. But it's very nice indeed for me."
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be the seventh and final film of the hugely popular series and will be split into two parts, slated for release in November 2010 and May 2011.
For film-makers Warner Bros, whose first five Potter films made 2.5 billion at the box office, it could mean a 500 million bonus in ticket sales.
David Yates, who directed the preceding two films, will direct both movies. Shooting began in Hertfordshire a few weeks ago and is expected to last most of this year.
It's been a great start to the year for Michelle who is currently appearing at the Old Vic in Dancing at Lughnasa in its first West End production since its premiere in 1990.
Anna Mackmin is directing an outstanding cast including Niamh Cusack, Susan Lynch and in her London stage debut, Andrea Corr.
Michelle also plays George Best's mother Ann in Best, in the forthcoming BBC2 drama about the famous footballer.
Last month she appeared with Julie Walters in the acclaimed drama A Short Stay in Switzerland, shown on the BBC.