Actor Victoria Smurfit talks personal priorities

The diagnosis of a rare eye disease in her daughter Evie three years ago and Evie’s courage in dealing with it was an inspiration for actor Victoria Smurfit. She talks to Jillian Bolger about how family life goes on even in the face of difficult challenges

20th October, 2019
Victoria Smurfit with her daughter Evie Baxter: ‘The doctors say to you, do not Google this, and that is the first thing you do’

Victoria Smurfit is offering me her sympathies. “I hear a lot that people just want to leave home when they have teenagers, and return when the kids have reached their 20s, to see if they’ve become people again,” she laughs conspiratorially.

Smurfit’s eldest daughter will be 15 soon. Along with all the usual dramas facing a teenager, life has thrown Evie an extra curveball: sight loss. Almost three years ago, the...

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