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Bono's daughter Eve Hewson is new star of Saturday night TV in Booker Prize adaptation 

Bono’s daughter is set to be the new star of Sunday night TV as she plays the leading role in the BBC's adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Booker-winning novel, The Luminaries.    

Set in New Zealand at the height of the 1860s gold rush, Dublin-born actress Eve Hewson, 28 - who is the daughter of U2 frontman Bono and and his wife, activist Ali Hewson - plays Anna Wetherell - a young woman who sails to the country from Britain in 1965 to begin a new life.    

She is taken under the wing of a brothel owner Lydia Wells, played by Eva Green, and takes a romantic interest in fellow passenger, Emery Stains, played by Himesh Patel.    

The storyline is intricately woven with another set nine months later - which sees a murder investigation after a body is discovered in a hut alongside a woman passed out after taking opium.  

Dublin-born actress Eve Hewson, 28, will play Anna Wetherel in BBC's adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Booker-winning novel, The Luminaries, which airs on Sunday. Picturedm attending the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California

The actress is set to be the new star of Sunday night TV. Pictured, Bono and Eve at the 85th Annual Academy Awards Oscars, Elton John AIDS Foundation Party in LA on 24 February, 2013

Speaking to The Times about the role, Eva, who is currently staying with her parents in Dublin amid the coronavirus pandemic, explained: 'I was at a point in my life where I really needed to escape, just like Anna. 

'I needed to go away on this job and have these six months to myself. I needed to work, and find who I was, because for a little while I didn’t really know if I wanted to continue acting. '

She added: 'I had had some experiences in my life that made me think maybe it wasn’t for me.' 

The screen star made her acting debut in 2005 alongside her sister Jordan in the short film Lost and Found. 

Crosbie Wells, played by Ewen Leslie and Anna Wetherell, played by Eve, in The Luminaries - which airs on Sunday

The actress attends the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party made possible by Dior at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on November 4, 2015 in New York

She has also appeared in The 27 Club in 2008, Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies and more recently starred in 2018 action-adventure film Robin Hood as Marion - the protagonist's love interest and girlfriend of Will Tillman.

Robin Hood tells the timeless story which charts a legendary heroic outlaw and his Moorish commander rising against the corrupt English crown.  

The starlet is also set to appear in Netflix's imminent arrival, Behind Her Eyes - which is based on Sarah Pinborough's 2013 novel of the same name.

Eve is the second eldest child of Bono, 59, and Ali, 58, who also share daughter Jordan, 30, and sons Elijah, 19, and John, 18.

Although having a rockstar as a father has its advantages, the brunette previously told the Toronto Star that it's been 'hard' for her to establish herself from out of his shadow.

She shared: 'It’s been hard for me to establish myself independent from him, but I do think your work kind of speaks for itself. People respond to you. That all sort of fades away.

'I’m hoping that happens with Paper Year and with the next few movies that come out.'

The Luminaries is on BBC 1 and iPlayer on 21 June 

Rock star Bono's daughter Eve at the CFDA Fashion Awards arrival in New York on 4 June, 2018

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