Tuesday 27 September 2016

‘It could be worse... I could be out digging holes for a job instead of kissing women’ – Fair City’s Tony Tormey on playing love rat Paul

Published 17/09/2016 | 13:05

Paul and Hayley kiss on Fair City
Paul and Hayley kiss on Fair City

Irish actor Tony Tormey revealed that 27 years on Ireland’s favourite soap Fair City hasn’t made kissing scenes any less awkward than the first day he stepped on set.

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The actor, best known for playing adulterer Paul Brennan on the RTE soap opera, said it’s still “embarrassing” to have to lock lips with colleagues on set, despite more than two decades of risqué storylines involving his love rat character.

Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan), Niamh Quirke (Rachel Brennan) and Clelia Murphy (Niamh Brennan) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan), Niamh Quirke (Rachel Brennan) and Clelia Murphy (Niamh Brennan) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Tony Tormey (Paul Brennan), Clelia Murphy (Niamh Brennan) and Richard McWilliams (Michael O'Brien with whom Niamh is having an on-screen affair with) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Speaking to The Star’s Chic magazine: “Kissing girls you’re not romantically involved with while 20 or 30 guys on the crew stand around and most of them are on their phones, it’s embarrassing, but you just have to get the head down and do it.

“As I say to my son it could be worse, I could be out digging holes for a job instead of kissing women,” he said.

Car dealership owner Paul is currently at the centre of a heated love affair in Carrigstown, as he is romancing his colleague Hayley behind his long-suffering wife Niamh’s back.

The soap opera will celebrate its 4000th episode on Wednesday and Tony admitted he couldn’t believe it has been so successful.

Paul has frequently been unfaithful to his wife Niamh
Paul has frequently been unfaithful to his wife Niamh

“Fair City was actually cancelled after the first season and we all thought that’s that, then they brought it back again.

“I have to say, if anyone said to me back then that I’d still be here 27 years later I’d have told them where to get off,” he said.

Jane prepares the proof that Paul slept with her (2014)
Jane prepares the proof that Paul slept with her (2014)

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