Wednesday 26 November 2014

Real-life 'Nidge' ends up behind bars... with 30 spellbound young offenders

Ken Foy

Published 12/12/2013 | 19:56

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in character as Nidge
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in character as Nidge

HE is the notorious gangland figure that gardai cannot put in jail despite huge operations against him.

But yesterday Nidge from RTE's hit Love/Hate show finally ended up behind bars - but he was out again in less than two hours.

However he was there by appointment and was free to go when he decided.

Over 30 prisoners in St Patrick's Institution for young offenders were left spellbound as top actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (35) gave a lengthy talk in the jail's school about his career and the groundbreaking crime drama.

Mr Vaughan-Lawlor had been invited to talk to the young prisoners aged between 17 and 20 by the jail's school and the young men “lapped up” the talented actor's discussion with them.

A jail insider said: “Tom got a great reception - it was lovely for the lads as Love/Hate is so popular in that prison and all prisons in fact.

Love/Hate 
Series 4 Episode 4 - Sunday October 27th 
Gang make a run for it Laurence Kinlan as Elmo, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Mark Dunne as Ado
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Gang make a run for it Laurence Kinlan as Elmo, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge and Mark Dunne as Ado
The Weldon family held in ghost estate
Fran chases Kellie
The kidnapping scheme from Sunday night's episode of Love/Hate
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge with Mary Murray as Janet
Warren's First Holy Communion
Tommy and Aido in conversation at Warren's Communion
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge at Warren's communion party
Kieran O' Reilly as Detective Ciaran Madden
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge
Caoilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie and Barry Keoghan as Wayne
Caoilfhionn Dunne as Lizzie and Barry Keoghan as Wayne
Fran urinates in a graveyard
Silvia Napoleoni as Denise and Susan Loughnane as Debbie
Callous: Nidge sees the bodies
Keith Duffy in 'Love/Hate'
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) attack Andrew (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) dispose of Andrew's body (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) attack Andrew (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) attacks Andrew (Peter O' Meara)
Fran (Peter Coonan) and Dean (Ian Lloyd Anderson) dispose of Andrew's body (Peter O' Meara)
Ado (Mark Dunne) with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Tommy (Killian Scott) collapses outside warehouse
Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Elmo (Laurence Kinlan drag Tommy (Killian Scott) into the warehouse
Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Elmo (Laurence Kinlan drag Tommy (Killian Scott) into the warehouse
Elmo (Laurence Kinlan) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Ado (Mark Dunne) discuss what to do with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Ado (Mark Dunne) with Tommy (Killian Scott)
Brían F. O' Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy
Stephen O' Brien as Detective Terry arrests Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge
Brían F. O' Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy **EMBARGO - NOT TO APPEAR IN PRINT, ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH**
Love/Hate Series 4 Episode 6 - Sunday November 10th Brían F. O' Byrne as Mick Moynihan checking on Killian Scott as Tommy **EMBARGO - NOT TO APPEAR IN PRINT, ONLINE OR SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH**
Glen (Leroy Harris) guns down Wayne (Barry Keoghan). Love/Hate series 4, episode 6. RTÉ One.
Glen (Leroy Harris) guns down Wayne (Barry Keoghan).

“It was great to have him here - and the hope is that none of the young fellas will end up like the character he plays.”

In total Mr Vaughan-Lawlor spent over 90 minutes talking to the well behaved young jail students.

The actor, who lives in the UK with wife Claire Cox and their toddler son, previously said his own family in Dublin weren't shocked any more by his portrayal of the gang boss in the TV show.

In his latest production, the IFTA-winner will play PJ Mara, Charlie Haughey's long-serving political adviser in a series do be screened on RTE next year.

Mr Vaughan-Lawlor began playing the role of Nigel “Nidge” Delaney in the critically acclaimed Love/Hate.

His portrayal of Nidge has been well received by critics and he has won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Television award at the 2012 IFTA Awards, and the Best Actor for Television award at the 2013 IFTA Awards.

Tom said that he relished the role of the colourful character Nidge.

“One of the joys of playing the part is he's a different man in all four series, he's always changing and he's incredibly difficult to pinpoint,” he said.

“People are drawn to him because of his humour, the moments he has with his children and the moments he has with his own conscious.”

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