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Opportunities knock as 'Love/Hate' actors in big demand

Laura Butler

Published 24/12/2012 | 05:00

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Love/Hate Series 3Peter Coonan as Fran, Robbie Sheehan as Darren, Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Killian Scott as TommyRTÃ OneNew 6 part series starts on Sunday November 11th 2012

WE'RE used to seeing them in the dark, gritty drama, but the talented male cast of 'Love/Hate' have been busy taking on other roles since the programme's successful third season aired.

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Leading the way is Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Nidge.

Vaughan-Lawlor is based in the UK with his wife and one-year-old son.

He recently completed a lengthy stint at London's Hampstead Theatre, where he doubled up as characters John Cook and William Prynne in '55 Days', directed by Howard Davies. The production finished in late November, just in time for Christmas.

Vaughan-Lawlor will once again dedicate himself to Stuart Carolan's 'Love/Hate' in the new year, after being signed up for another season.

Robert Sheehan will be one noticeable absentee in the fourth instalment, following the death of his character, troubled assassin Darren, in the season finale. Portlaoise-born Sheehan will feature alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in anticipated blockbuster, 'The Mortal Instruments'. Sheehan has been based in Canada where the movie was shot.

And it's been a case of from one crime drama to another for Peter Coonan.

He has become a hit with audiences and critics alike for his portrayal as Fran, and the 28-year-old has landed several jobs since his breakout role in the RTE series.

Veteran

Coonan, who earlier this year starred in 'What Richard Did', has just completed filming on upcoming BBC drama 'Quirke', opposite Hollywood veteran Gabriel Byrne.

'Quirke' is set in the 1950s and is being shot in Dublin. The series follows a pathologist at a city as he tries to unearth the mystery behind sudden and suspicious deaths.

Coonan plays Brendan Boyle, a character loosely based on Brendan Behan's early years.

For Killian Scott, 'Love/Hate' has brought numerous opportunities in television and film.

Scott plays Tommy in the RTE series and has enjoyed a hectic schedule in between seasons on other sets around the country.

The 27-year-old Dubliner has played the lead singer of a punk band in 'Good Vibrations', an American backpacker in horror film 'The Rafters' and as a romantic lead in 'Black Ice', which was shot in Co Leitrim.

He also acted alongside his former 'Love/Hate' co-star Aidan Gillen this year in John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary', due for release in 2013.

Irish Independent

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