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Partners in crime on 'Love/Hate' are actually lifelong friends

Laura Butler

Published 03/12/2012 | 05:00

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IT may be their first time working together, but 'Love/Hate' stars Killian Scott and Peter Coonan have been friends for years.

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Dublin-born Scott, who plays gangster Tommy on Stuart Carolan's hit drama, told the Irish Independent that the actors "go way back" and first met when they were in primary school.

"We're very close, we've known each other for years," the 27-year-old said.

"Pete's dad was the principal of the primary school I went to in Sandymount, so we were together at summer school for a few years, and then we both studied in UCD at the same time," he explained.

"Both of us started out in the drama society in the dungeons of the college, but we never got a chance to work together in that environment. 'Love/Hate' has brought us together."

Scott and Coonan, who is making waves in the role of Fran on the RTE programme, admitted that they have found fame strange to adapt to, but appreciate how lucky they are to be involved in such a hard-hitting and popular production.

Now in season three, the award-winning 'Love/Hate' has had an average of more than 650,000 viewers every week since it returned to the small screen.

"(Being recognised) is an unusual situation for Pete and I to find ourselves in," said Scott.

"But to see how the show this year has grown and had such a reaction is fantastic.

"When you're making TV, obviously you want it to be good, but you also want people to enjoy it."

Coonan (28) added: "We're just guys who've been given great parts in an amazing show.

"Coincidentally, people have been recognising us. The response is way beyond what we imagined. It's very flattering."

Irish Independent

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