Proper Charlie: Aidan Gillen on how acting and children keep him young
Aidan Gillen is running late. He should be the one in a panic, and maybe he is, but in the meantime we all await the actor with bated breath. The helpful staff in the Morrison Hotel are on alert for "Mr Gillen's" arrival. Messages are sent to him through an intermediary, and we are told that he is within the vicinity. Finally, he phones directly. We hear that he is mere minutes away from us. When he does appear, his face is taut with tension. He is extremely apologetic, tells me that he is never late -although he probably knows that I'm not sure if I can believe that - and then he explains the reason. There was an incident at his kid's school, someone was hurt - his child - and so it had to be dealt with in a meeting, which ran over time.