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Thursday 29 September 2016

'Sometimes it's best to call time' - 'Nidge' shoots down TV return for Love/Hate

Nick Bramhill

Published 29/04/2016 | 07:33

Tom Vaughan Lawlor
Tom Vaughan Lawlor

Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has shot down any chance of a return of the hit series.

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The Dublin actor said it was highly unlikely the popular gangland show would ever return to TV screens.

He said that, despite the repeated pleas from fans for another series, the show reached the perfect climax in the bloody 2014 finale, when his character was shot by bomb-maker, Patrick.

"It was a brilliant show, a groundbreaking drama for Ireland - and I think it compares well to any of the other great drama series around the world," he said.

Rebel role: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as 1916 leader Padraig Pearse.
Rebel role: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as 1916 leader Padraig Pearse.

"When you think we had just one writer and a tiny budget compared to other dramas, it shows just how good it was.

"It ended with a great climax - and sometimes it's best to just call time."

Runaway success: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as gangster Nidge in the hit series Love/Hate
Runaway success: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as gangster Nidge in the hit series Love/Hate

The in-demand Dublin-born actor - who lives in Kent in England with wife Claire Cox and their five-year-old son, Freddie - next appears on our screens as Irish rebellion hero Padraig Pearse.

He said he hoped that viewers would take to his portrayal just as much as they did that of gangland boss Nidge.

Is it Tom Vaughan Lawlor?
Is it Tom Vaughan Lawlor?

The talented Irish actor - who is best known for playing the psychotic gangster over five seasons of the award-winning show - returns to TV screens tomorrow night in Trial of the Century.

It's a three-part drama which imagines an alternative history in which the 1916 rebel leader is spared execution.

Tom (38) said being cast as Pearse was "one of the greatest honours" of his acting career. He added that he repaid the producers' faith in him by reading up on the 1916 icon as much as possible.

But he said that playing a long-departed political figure in a fictitious drama also gave him a creative licence to develop the character on his own terms.

"Padraig Pearse is one of the most important figures in our history and it was incredibly humbling to play him," he said.

"It certainly made me realise more than before the significance of what he did, and how extraordinary it was at the time. It was incredibly eye-opening."

Tom will appear alongside Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston in big-budget US film The Infiltrator this summer.

Speaking of his respect for Cranston, he added: "I was a massive fan of Breaking Bad and it was nerve racking meeting him. But he's a very unaffected, very talented, and very kind."

Trial of the Century will air tomorrow, Sunday and Monday from 9pm on TV3

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