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'When I'm abroad people call me Littlefinger, but at home it's John Boy,' says Aidan Gillen

Published 27/09/2015 | 14:03

Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen
Aiden as John Boy in Love/Hate
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Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones

Aidan Gillen may have had some of the most iconic roles in television, but in Ireland he'll always be John Boy.

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The 47-year-old actor has played Mayor Tommy Carcetti in HBO's The Wire and currently stars in Game of Thrones, but before his latest turn on screen, he played gangster John Boy in RTE's Love/Hate.

The Dublin-based star said that while he loved his time on the popular gangland drama, he's relishing in his current success.

"If I'm abroad, it's Littlefinger or Baelish, but when I'm home, it's 'Howiya John Boy' al the time. I thought Haughey would have changed that," he told Sunday World magazine.

Aiden as John Boy in Love/Hate
Aiden as John Boy in Love/Hate

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"I get groups of teens asking for selfies: 'C'mere John Boy'. It has this enduring appeal across demographics and makes me feel proud."

"I could have stayed longer on Love/Hate, but then would I have been able to do Thrones? Probably not. It was a special show for me and for Irish audiences and Irish drama."

For five seasons, Gillen's character Lord Baelish, aka 'Littlefinger', has survived the notoriously quick to kill off characters Game of Thrones and says he's confident he'll be around for a little while longer in Westeros.

Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones

"It feels like I'm in it for the next while," he said.

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"But I'm looking forward to that moment. I like that there's this sense of doom, that's the beauty of this series."

As for what to expect from series six of the fantasy drama?

Aiden Gillen in The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
Aiden Gillen in The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

"We've reached the point where we've gone beyond the books so it's anyone's guess."

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