Sunday 21 January 2018

From Hollywood to Red Rock - Patrick Bergin will 'bring danger' to 'irresistible' Irish soap tonight

Patrick Bergin
Patrick Bergin
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Watch out for a familiar face on tonight's episode of garda drama Red Rock.

Hollywood star Patrick Bergin (65) will make his debut in the TV3 show as he takes on the role of Jim Tierney, the grandfather of detective Rory Walsh.

"I'm looking forward to bringing some danger and mystique to Red Rock," he said.

Although he filmed the scenes several months ago, this evening will be the first time he has appeared in the award-winning drama.

Chris Newman
Chris Newman

The Dubliner (66) said he had been a fan of the show before being cast.

"I'd seen a couple of episodes. It's on the BBC now. I liked it and then I was approached shortly after," he said.

Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin in 'Sleeping with the Enemy', where Laura (Roberts) fakes her own death to escape from her abusive husband
Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin in 'Sleeping with the Enemy', where Laura (Roberts) fakes her own death to escape from her abusive husband

"I wasn't sure at first, but I became more and more intrigued with it and the challenge with working in Dublin."

Originally from Drimnagh, he filmed the scenes in the old John Player factory on Donore Road in Dublin 8 and said the area was familiar from his childhood.

"I was intrigued. I used to pass by the Player factory on the bus every day," he said.

"With all of that I thought, 'This is too irresistible. It's destiny'."

Bergin, who had the part written specially for him, described his character as "someone with a past".

"Yet he has a lot of character in the sense that he's not sentimental, but he has a conscience," he said.

"He's got a very strong central role in terms of the plot.

"He drives it in a certain, subtle way, so there were challenges as an actor to try and capture all that in a short space of time."

As Rory's only relative, his character is very proud to have a grandson as a garda, but he hides a chequered past that is less than lawful.

The actor, who has played opposite some of Hollywood's biggest stars over the years, has been in more than 80 films during his career.

He's best known for playing the abusive husband of Julia Roberts in Sleeping With The Enemy.

Bergin was one of the attendees at the Irish Film and TV Awards (Iftas), which took place at the Mansion House on Saturday night.

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