Until the 1980s, Catholic Ireland was stuck in the 1950s.
Six years ago, after a whirlwind romance, she married British photographer Nick Brandt - a decision that left her with some explaining to do.
Had Vettriano been a portrait painter, you can't help thinking that he would have had more to go on.
Loved you on as Anne Meredith.
In fact, she didn't know about the picture's existence until someone asked her about it a few years ago.
She has played mistresses before, notably in Pure Wickedness opposite Kevin Whately.