Saturday 23 June 2018

Aidan Gillen announces first tv project since Game of Thrones - an RTE drama

Aidan Gillen arrives at the LA Premiere of 'Game of Thrones'. Photo: AP
Aidan Gillen arrives at the LA Premiere of 'Game of Thrones'. Photo: AP
Actor Aidan Gillen attends the "Game Of Thrones" Season 4 New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen arriving for the King Arthur European Premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square, London
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Aidan Gillen has announced will take on his first post-Game of Thrones role in an upcoming RTE biopic.

The 49-year-old actor, whose character Littlefinger was killed off on the season seven finale of the fantasy drama, isn't wasting any time in returning to the small screen and will play legendary comedian Dave Allen in a joint RTE/BBC project. Gillen is no stranger to biopics with the state broadcaster and previously played Charles Haughey in a four-part series in 2015's Charlie.

Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones

Mr Allen, from Dublin, was a controversial comedian who enjoyed a 40-year career in Ireland and the UK, whose story involves threats from the IRA and overcoming the loss of his father and brother. He's in good GOT company as the Master of Whispers himself Conleth Hill is also among the cast, which doesn't bode well for his future in the final series of the show.

Comedian and RTÉ presenter Tommy Tiernan will play Aidan's onscreen father, with Pauline McLynn and Ian McElhinney also playing roles. Filming starts in Northern Ireland this month and will air in a one-hour special aired in homage to his original television format - from a bar stool through a series of flashbacks and sketches.

Dermot Horan, RTÉ Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said they jumped at the chance to be part of the project.

"When we heard the BBC were planning to make a biopic about Dave Allen we jumped at the opportunity to get involved. We believe it will be a film which will appeal hugely to both Irish and British audiences alike," he said.

Aidan Gillen arriving for the King Arthur European Premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square, London
Aidan Gillen arriving for the King Arthur European Premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square, London

Meanwhile, after Gillen's definitive episode aired last month, he described it as a "potent loss".

"You’re left a ­little bereft for your character and for your experience,” he told Entertainment Weekly. "It also immediately makes you quantify the hugeness of what that experience has been over the last seven years, which has been massive."

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