IT was his first professional job as an actor and 'Love/Hate' star Killian Scott has insisted he owes everything to the gangland drama.
Dublin-born Scott, who plays Tommy in the award-winning programme, was in the middle of a three-year acting course at the Drama Centre in London, when he was unexpectedly offered a role in the hit RTE series.
"I basically sent out a bunch of letters, introducing myself to casting directors. Maureen Hughes, who is involved with 'Love/Hate', was the only one to get back to me with a response more than 'we'll keep you on file'," he said.
"It all happened so quickly, but in the way I'd hoped it would to be honest. I got a job I was excited about ... That was three years ago now."
The 27-year-old said that he's been shocked by the overwhelming reaction to Stuart Carolan's show, but is extremely grateful.
"I always knew it was good because when you're standing beside people like Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Aidan Gillen and Robbie Sheehan, you know something special is happening. Ultimately though, it can be a shot in the dark and you need a certain amount of luck for it to be responded to.
"I am amazed to see the extent of its popularity – it has really picked up momentum," he said. Scott admits that despite the programme's stature, it's only beginning to prove beneficial abroad. "I can't recall the amount of parts I've lost because the guy next to me has more movies under their belt and that's very frustrating ... But people are starting to take notice and that's very exciting."