IT has been a case of art imitating life for 'Love/Hate' star Tom Vaughan Lawlor on season three of the drama, as his son was drafted in at the last minute to play his character's child in the series.
The 34-year-old actor, who plays gangland criminal Nidge in the hit RTE show, told the Irish Independent that one-year-old Freddie was enlisted to play his on-screen son and will appear in episodes four, five and six.
"They were meant to be working with another child and that didn't work out so they were stuck for a baby. Freddie just happened to be the right age, so it was very much a last minute thing," said Vaughan Lawlor.
"At the time I thought it would be kind of interesting, but it was also quite nerve-wracking, especially for my wife, being surrounded by all that madness.
"But she was on-set when Freddie was filming with us and it all turned out well.
"He looks brilliant in it and actually very funny, with spiky hair sticking up, and him running around the place. It was great, I have to say. We're very lucky."
The UK-based actor moved back home to Dublin with his family for the duration of the three-month shoot last summer.
Vaughan Lawlor is currently starring in historical drama '55 Days' at London's Hampstead Theatre, and admitted it has been refreshing to take on a less violent role than that of nutter Nidge.
"Filming is so intense with 'Love/Hate' and the storylines are so violent that it was nice to get to play an English lawyer. It gives you breathing and head space," he said.
Last Sunday's episode of the award-winning 'Love/Hate' attracted 670,800 viewers, with the storylines of rape victim Siobhan ( Charlie Murphy) and prostitute Debbie (Susan Loughnane) becoming more prominent.