Friday 19 December 2014

Settled Traveller John Connors to be joined on screen by family members for Love/Hate season 5

Published 13/08/2014 | 16:13

Everyone is gearing up for the anticipated return of Love/Hate in October and for one of the cast members, it’ll be a case of art imitating life.

Starring in season five of the gangland hit is Coolock native and settled Traveller John Connors.

The 24-year-old appears as pipe-bomb maker Patrick in the award-winning RTE series and for him, the job became a family occasion.

In the next instalment of the programme viewers will see a string of his relatives on-screen.

Actor John Connors in Love/Hate
Actor John Connors in Love/Hate

“I got to spend a lot of time with my family because we shot scenes in their halting site and many of my cousins ended up applying to be extras,” he told Independent.ie.

“If there was a line in the script up for grabs they’d all come running, or I’d audition them for fake parts – it was great fun.”

Love/Hate has earned John plenty of respect from his family, as he admitted they were not too keen on his career choice initially.

“When I first started acting most of my family didn’t know what to think, because when you’re a traveller you have to do manly things, so it was a shock for them.

“It took them a few years to get their head around it and now they like it – I also have dozens of cousins now wanting to be actors, which is nice,” he said.

Last year John starred in Mark O'Connor's feature film, 'King of the Travellers' with Love/Hate co-star Peter Coonan.

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