ACTOR Robert Sheehan has credited his co-star Tom Vaughan-Lawlor for elevating his own performance in gangland drama 'Love/Hate'.
The 25-year-old said that working opposite Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays kingpin Nidge on the RTE drama, helped him to really deliver during some of the show's gritty scenes.
"Tom is an actor who has the ability to elevate everyone around him," he said.
"The faith the producers have in him is great and that character for me is fascinating to watch. Every time I did scenes with him it upped my game. He's very inspiring and also very able to be normal and leave his job at the door at the end of a day's filming."
Audiences were shocked when Robert's character, Darren, was murdered in the series climax.
"I relate to Darren, that show encapsulated for me what is very much Ireland and Dublin," he said.
"I'm very forthcoming about my identity and Irishness tends to be a big part of that."
Sheehan was welcomed by University College Dublin's Literary & Historical society last night to receive an honorary lifetime membership and 500 fans queued for nearly two hours to catch a glimpse of the Portlaoise star.
Sheehan was joined by his mother Maria and brother Brendan at the event.
Although he spends most of his time overseas filming, Sheehan said his family helps to keep him grounded.
"As an actor, you do go out of your comfort zone, so it's nice to go back to them."
Meanwhile, Sheehan's 'Love/Hate' co-star Killian Scott has told of how he originally auditioned for the part of Nidge, before securing the role of Tommy.
Speaking on the 'Ray D'Arcy Show' on Today FM yesterday, Scott (28) said that he read for several characters before casting director Maureen Hughes made a final decision.
"I think Maureen was sort of interested or curious about me and I actually read for Nidge.
"But Maureen said to me at the time, 'We're not going to give you this part, we've already got the guy for this role.' And I remember seeing Tom Vaughan-Lawlor's headshot on the wall looking down at me, it was fearful. I was already intimated."
The fourth season of 'Love/Hate begins on October 6.