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‘We haven’t seen each other in ages’ - Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor) and Fran (Peter Coonan) reunite at the IFTAs

Published 25/05/2015 | 07:51

Irish actors Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Peter Coonan, who became household names thanks to their roles in Love/Hate, were looking forward to catching up at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

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RTE’s gritty crime drama 'Love/Hate' dominated the 2015 IFTA awards, winning Best Drama, Best Script and Best Lead Actress for Charlie Murphy.

John Vaughan Lawlor, Charlie Murphy, Mary Muray and Peter Coonan pictured on the red carpet at the IFTA Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
John Vaughan Lawlor, Charlie Murphy, Mary Muray and Peter Coonan pictured on the red carpet at the IFTA Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

But two of its most famous stars, Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Peter Coonan, were more concerned with catching up after the best part of a year.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor, who also appeared as PJ Mara in the ‘Charlie’ mini series, said he was most looking forward to seeing his old co-stars.

“I haven’t seen some of them for ages. It’s nice to see Aiden Gillen and a few of the other guys. It’ll be very nice,” he said.

“My wife said enjoy it, it's the last Love/Hate for most of us,” he added.

Peter Coonan, Kim O'Driscoll at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Peter Coonan, Kim O'Driscoll at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

The actor has spent the last few months filming on location in Florida.

He teased that he has a couple of projects in the pipeline, but many things are “still up in the air”.

Barely taking a minute to catch his breath after the successful run of the play ‘Before Monsters Were Made’, Peter Coonan was also excited to catch up with Nidge and the gang.

“It’s great to sit back, relax, enjoy the night and not worry if you’re going to win or not,” he said.

Charlie Murphy at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Charlie Murphy at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

“I haven’t seen this guy in a year,” he added pointing to Lawlor.

Charlie Murphy told how “proud” she was to be part of new RTE drama Rebellion alongside Sarah Greene and Love/Hate alum Brian Gleeson.

“I’m very proud to be a part of it. [Sarah Greene and I] were on stage together in The Druid before and we can't wait to get back together.”

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