SHE became an overnight YouTube success thanks to her portrayal of a brassy bridesmaid in the ‘Horse Outside’ video but later this month Limerick model Madeline Mulqueen will reveal her domestic side when she stars on the Celebrity Come Dine With Me series.
Before then however, the 21-year-old must get back on her feet – she dislocated her ankle on Christmas Day in an accident involving, ironically, a horse!
Madeline was climbing over a stone wall to see the new horse her brother received as a present for Christmas when she ran into trouble.
“My brother Robert got a horse – and I got all the horse outside jokes! I literally just stepped off a wall and dislocated my ankle but I’m on the mend.”
The Kildimo girl - who went to school in the Model primary school and Laurel Hill Colaiste in the city - was asked to star on the TV3 series last year and “jumped at the chance”.
“I do cook a bit but I wouldn’t do as much in Dublin now because it’s go, go, go all the time but I do a bit here and there, when I feel like it.”
Madeline moved to Dublin last year following the unprecedented success of the Rubberbandits video Horse Outside which has, to date, amassed a staggering 8.5 million views on the video-sharing website YouTube.
And a year after it was released on the world she is still getting recognised on the street.
Only last weekend Madeline was in Thomond Park cheering on Munster when she was spotted by an eagle-eyed fan.
“A guy from Canada came up to me and he was saying that his friend from Cork, who he lives with, showed him the video and he was asking me ‘Are you the girl?’ I was like: ‘Oh my God this is still going on - it’s ridiculous!” she laughed.
When she is not modelling for Morgan The Agency in Dublin, Madeline stars on RTE’s Republic of Telly.
While she is undoubtedly used to being in the spotlight, she admits that she was nervous about her latest television appearance – the series was filmed last November - particularly because she was hosting on the very first night and she didn’t know the other contestants - model Pippa O’Connor, rugby pundit Shane Byrne, former girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, Holly Sweeney, and publisher Michael O’Doherty.
“That was kind of nerve-wracking not knowing who I was cooking for but overall the experience was brilliant – I really enjoyed it.”
And for anyone questioning the legitimacy of the onscreen antics – including singer Brian Kennedy’s wine-throwing exercise at showbiz reporter Paul Martin in last week’s episode - according to Madeline, there is no script or prompting – what you see is what you get. “They literally sit there and watch you with a camera,“ she said.
While she can’t reveal the ins and outs of the series which airs in late January/ early February, Madeline had much praise for her fellow contestants.
“They are all so, so nice. We have been chatting away on Twitter and we obviously all saw last week’s show so it was good to see how they edit it.”
Madeline took part in the series in aid of the Cliona Ring Foundation based in Lough Gur.
“They are getting €1,000 – we all got €1,000 and the winner got €5,000,” she said.