Love/Hate lead Tom Vaughan-Lawlor looks set to become a major name in the UK in a new major BBC drama 'Peaky Blinders'.
The 34-year-old will play an IRA man in the series set in the slums of Birmingham in 1919 where soldiers returning from World War One plot revolution with guns smuggled back from the trenches.
"Given Tom's character Nidge spent the last series of 'Love/Hate' on the run from the IRA, it's ironic he should end up playing an IRA man in his next big TV role," said a source.
Taking its name from the Birmingham street gangs that were notorious for sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, 'Peaky Blinders' stars Cillian Murphy as 'Tommy', the head of the Delaney family in the six-part series, who sees his leadership threatened when a new police chief lands in Birmingham.
Shot in the UK last year, and due to air on the BBC next autumn, Trinity College graduate Vaughan-Lawlor said his wife, actress Claire Cox, believes 'Love/Hate' is on a par with 'Peaky Blinders' or any other British series.
"My wife is English and she's constantly saying to me this ('Love/Hate') deserves to be shown internationally, that the standard is so high, it should be shown in Britain," he said.
But the father-of-one said the popularity of 'Love/Hate' in Ireland is his only concern.
"It's an Irish show, set in Ireland, made by Irish people and by an Irish cast and crew. As long as it goes down in Ireland, that's the main thing."
Meanwhile, actress Aoibhinn McGinnity, who plays Nidge's wife 'Trish' in the gritty Irish drama, has revealed she knows nothing about the future of her character in the upcoming fourth series, which starts shooting next month.
But she joked that she has asked writer Stuart Carolan for a gun so she can't be killed off.
"I don't have a clue what's going to happen next year – and I'm not just saying that.
"Everyone thinks I'm lying, but I haven't got a notion.We're all friendly with Stuart Carolan and the writers, but it does get to the point where you're begging them not to kill you off.
"At wrap parties and stuff I'm like, 'Stuart, is there any chance of giving me a gun or something?'," Aoibhinn told Today FM host Ray D'Arcy.
The Monaghan woman said she had been taken aback by the extraordinary success of the RTE series.
"In the first year we all saw the script and the cast and there were some amazing experienced actors and then there was the ones that were new and keen. I was a newbie.
"We knew it was good and then it just built from there, but I don't think any of us expected this year," she said.