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Love/Hate Actress Mary Murray will take on one of the lead roles

Love/Hate Actress Mary Murray will take on one of the lead roles

Love/Hate Actor Lewis Harris will be on screens as Aaron

Love/Hate Actor Lewis Harris will be on screens as Aaron

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Love/Hate Actress Mary Murray will take on one of the lead roles

'Love/Hate' actress Mary Murray would like to see more gun-toting female leads in RTE's popular gangland drama.

Murray, who plays the part of brothel madam Janet, thinks it's time a female counterpart to drug lord King Nidge was introduced into the series.

"It would be great if there was a female Nidge in the next series," she told the Irish Independent.

"We could call her 'Nidgella'. I think it would be brilliant if there was a female boss to balance things out."

'Love/Hate' creator Stuart Carolan has been criticised in the past for his depiction of women.

Critics have labelled the female characters as "auxiliary" and "docile" but Murray believes this has been addressed in more recent series.

Kirsty Blake Knox joined Love/Hate actors ahead of this Sunday's highly anticipated launch to try and get a hint at a storyline!

"I think there are more women in it now," Murray said. "I think that was a decision Stuart made a year or so ago. I am happy women's roles are getting bigger because women don't get enough parts on TV or in theatre."

The season premiere of the IFTA winning drama will air this Sunday evening on RTE 1.

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Murray was informed just two weeks before filming commenced that she would be reappearing in the show.

"I was completely in the dark until a week or two beforehand. It was very close to the wire," she said.

"And on top of that you don't know if you're going to be in it for the long haul or killed off within the first three seconds.

"It's very nerve-racking reading through those scripts. You never know whose going to get shot in the head next."

Murray will be joined on screen by 17-year-old secondary school student Lewis Harris who plays Janet's son Aaron.

Irish Independent