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What would Nidge say? Love/Hate's Robert Sheehan steps out at the English Ballet’s Christmas party

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Published 14/12/2012 | 10:27

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Robert Sheehan attends the English National Ballets Christmas Party at St Martins Lane Hotel on December 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Robert Sheehan attends the English National Ballets Christmas Party at St Martins Lane Hotel on December 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Actor Robert Sheehan and Rosanna Davison at The Irish Premiere screening of The Dictator at the Savoy Cinema ,Dublin Picture:Brian McEvoy

WE are used to seeing him in a hoodie brandishing a gun. But it was a very different looking Robert Sheehan who attended the English ballet’s Christmas party last night.

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The Portlaoise-born Love/Hate actor rubbed shoulders with England’s finest thespians including Ophelia Lovibond, Tom Hardy and Tom Conti at St Martin’s Lane hotel festive bash in London.



Wearing a cosy knit and designer leather jacket, the 24-year-old sported a curly mop of hair, having grown his tight crop out after filming of the series ended.



The final episode of the current series is set to air on Sunday night, with programme makers tight lipped about what the plot lines hold.



However, series creator Stuart Carolan advised fans should watch the episode live and not record it, as what unfolds is so shocking, they are not going to be able to avoid hearing about it.



Last week’s episode saw tensions between Sheehan’s character Darren and crime boss Nidge boil over after the gang boss delivered a horrific beating to Darren’s pal Tommy.



In an interview earlier this week, Sheehan would give no indication if he had signed up for the fourth series, which Carolan is currently writing, adding to speculation that his character may not survive beyond the current series.



Carolan has shown no compunction in killing off main characters in previous series.



The second series saw gang boss Johnny Boy, played by Aidan Gillen, being gunned down in a hit commissioned by Nidge. And the first series saw Brian Gleeson’s character Hughie shooting himself in the head by accident.



Sheehan also hinted that he would turn down a starring role in a US remake of the RTE series unless it is radically re-invented across the Atlantic.

RTE revealed producers have optioned the crime series for a US remake.

"Sometimes you see a UK show that has been remade in America, and it's exactly the same, so creatively it seems pointless," he said. "It seems like America is this gigantic machine that tries to remake everything."

Meanwhile fans of the show with a grand going spare, could consider splashing out on a canvas of Sheehan as his Love/Hate character that is on show in the Apollo gallery on Dawson Street in Dublin for €950.

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