'Fair City' tougher than 'Love/Hate', admits Ward
Working on 'Love/Hate' was a "walk in the park" compared with filming 'Fair City', actor Johnny Ward has said.
Ward plays crazed captor Ciaran in RTÉ's long-running soap and has been at the centre of one of the most controversial storylines in the programme's history.
For the past 13 months, Ciaran has held Katy O'Brien (Amilia Clarke Stewart) hostage in a small box room.
The storyline was so protracted that online petitions were launched asking screen writers to "Free Katy" and a Mayo bus company offered to drive to Montrose and break into the lot and save Katy.
In last night's episode, Katy and Ciaran, who was bleeding to death from a stab wound, ventured out into the world and tried to evade gardaí by limping to Dún Laoghaire and jumping off the end of a pier.
Actor Ward previously played gangster Paulie in 'Love/Hate' - who died after he was pushed off a balcony by Siobhan (Charlie Murphy).
He said working on the gangland drama was nowhere as intense as shooting 'Fair City'.
"This has definitely been the most difficult and most strenuous role I have done," he told the Irish Independent.
"Schedule-wise, 'Love/Hate' was a walk in the park compared to this.
"I mean, you are talking six episodes a year, whereas in 'Fair City', you have four episodes going out a week.
"There is no time for error. It is a challenge I got addicted to."
Since the storyline took off, Ward has been approached in the street by old ladies, who have reprimanded him for his behaviour on screen.
"I've been hit with handbags. There has been abuse," he said.