Wednesday 16 January 2019

Like father, like daughter: Saoirse Ronan's dad Paul lands Love/Hate role

Paul Ronan (centre) pictured filming season five of Love/Hate. Picture: John Dardis
Paul Ronan (centre) pictured filming season five of Love/Hate. Picture: John Dardis


Hollywood starlet Saoirse Ronan's dad has landed himself a role on Love/Hate.

Veteran actor Paul Ronan (49) has been snapped filming a scene with Ado, played by Mark Dunne, in the Phoenix Park after landing a part as a new character in the hit RTE series.

Dressed down in a pair of blue jeans teamed with a blue anorak, he was seen strolling around the grassy area surrounding Dublin Zoo.

Details of the plotlines surrounding series five are being kept under wraps but the crew are due to film around the capital city for a further 10 weeks.

Carlow native Paul, whose daughter is filming Brooklyn in Wexford this week, is a well-known actor in his own right and co-starred with Brad Pitt in IRA movie The Devil's Own.

Saoirse and her father Paul

He's widely credited with helping foster Saoirse's love of acting and used to bring her onto film sets as a baby.

The pair were even in a film together last year called How I Live Now which saw Saoirse's character shoot her father with a gun.

Meanwhile, the award-winning series looks set to be just as explosive as before with plenty more violence in store for viewers.

Kingpin Nidge, played by Tom Vaughan Lawlor, has been photographed getting beaten up on a Dublin street late at night.

It seems his luck has finally run out after he was seen getting viciously attacked by a gang wearing balaclavas and wielding baseball bats.

Nidge targeted pipe-bomb maker Patrick after he evaded him at the end of last series.

In scenes filmed in Raheny in north Dublin the traveller, played by John Connors, was chased from a pub by a masked man and blasted twice in the back.

The attacker himself was then pursued by shotgun-wielding travellers.

The Love/Hate production up in the Phoenix park filming scenes outside Dublin Zoo,after been told by Dublin Zoo that filming wasn't allowed inside the Zoo

The plot for the final series is so secret that the cast have only been given scripts a few weeks before their scenes in order to prevent storylines being leaked.

However, many of the leading characters will be enjoying a well-earned night off this Saturday as they head to the Burlington Hotel for the Irish Film and TV Awards (IFTAs), where the drama is nominated in a host of categories, including Best Drama.

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