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Love/Hate star Aidan Gillen: 'People only call me by my character's names'

Elaine McCahill

Published 23/04/2015 | 07:30

Aiden Gillen
Aiden Gillen

Aidan Gillen has played some iconic characters over the years, and now the Game of Thrones star has revealed that fans call him by his characters' names.

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He says he never gets called Aidan, but doesn't take issue with it.

"People don't call you Aidan, they call you Petyr or Lord Baelish or Littlefinger," he said.

"It's something that I used to have an issue with - I'm thinking, 'Why are they calling me that?'

"But it's actually quite a good buffer that people are calling out a name and it's a character name.

"It means you've made a bond, and Game Of Thrones is huge. Love/Hate was huge here, The Wire had a huge audience, so when people are calling you those names it's fine.

"I don't have an issue with it, it has never been a problem," he told Hotpress magazine.

The 46-year-old also admitted he would still be a fan of Game of Thrones even if he wasn't in it.

"I think it's a really good show. I hadn't read the books before I was cast in it," he said.

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