'It was nice to play a scumbag', says Fair City's Mark Lambert as Trigger bows out
Mark Lambert's character is killed off in Fair City tonight - but the veteran actor his heading straight to London's West End.
The 62-year-old star has played monstrous gangster Trigger for more than a year, but his hateful character finally gets his comeuppance when he dies from cancer.
The actor, who came out of theatre school with Daniel Day-Lewis and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his role as Joxer in Juno And The Paycock, said he was normally associated with playing middle-class roles.
"I have just played Bertie Ahern in The Journey, I'm about to appear in TV3's The Bailout playing financial regulator Patrick Honohan, I played Michael Noonan in No Tears and I played the Minister of Education in the film Evelyn," he said.
"So it was nice to play a scumbag like Trigger. It was my revenge for not getting a part in Love/Hate."
Did he want a part in the acclaimed RTE crime drama? "After it came out, yes! It was terrific. But I never auditioned," he added.
Lambert, who also appeared in Cracker, Frost and other British series, said he was sad to leave Fair City.
"I'm sad - I would have liked to have caused a bit more mayhem. On the other hand, it is good to make an impact and move on," he said.
"They are a fantastic team in there. They are incredibly good and my scenes are with two of the finest, Aisling O'Neill [who plays daughter Carol] and Karl Shiels [her husband Robbie].
"The standard has increased year by year. It's also the best-paid gig in town, which is nice."
He said he never held back when playing Trigger, a controlling monster who punched Carol in the face at her own wedding in a notorious episode last year.
"Sometimes actors hold back a little in case people think they're like that. But audiences should think I'm like that if I've done the job well. I don't think I held back," he said.
"The offer to play such a scumbag was too hard to turn down."