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Love/Hate Series 4 - Mary Murray as Janet (Photo:RTE)

Love/Hate Series 4 - Mary Murray as Janet (Photo:RTE)

Mary Murray as Janet and Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge discuss what to do about Debbie and Denise's bodies in the hit TV series 'Love/Hate' (Photo: RTE)

Mary Murray as Janet and Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge discuss what to do about Debbie and Denise's bodies in the hit TV series 'Love/Hate' (Photo: RTE)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge with Mary Murray as Janet in the hit RTE show 'Love/Hate' (Photo: RTE)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge with Mary Murray as Janet in the hit RTE show 'Love/Hate' (Photo: RTE)

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Love/Hate Series 4 - Mary Murray as Janet (Photo:RTE)

Move over Nidge. Love/Hate's Madame and lady of the night Janet has a new man in her life.

Actress Mary Murray, who plays brothel owner Janet in RTE's drama, has nabbed a part in US drama Penny Dreadful and will be sharing the screen with Hollywood hunk Josh Hartnett.

But the Ballyfermot native is more excited about chatting with legendary director John Logan than hanging out with Hartnett.

"I'll be on set for two days so it's not a huge part but I'm delighted because I'll get to work with John Logan -- he's made some amazing movies like Hugo, Skyfall and Gladiator," she said.

"So just getting to see how he works will be amazing."

The horror series is set in Victorian England and sees a whole host of ghoulish literary figures such as Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Grey rendezvous.

Mary's role sounds pretty juicy.

"I play a Victorian lady. I can't say too much about the part but it involved a murder scene," she said.

"I can't wait to get on set and into the costume."

The 34-year-old actress has been working in theatre for the past several years but became a household name last year when she appeared as Nidge's 'bit on the side' in Love/Hate.

"Working on the show is fantastic. It's a very talented cast and crew and a great series to be part of."

But Mary says she has no idea what's going to happen in the next season.

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"It's all very up in the air," she explained.

The actress took part in a rather risqué sex scene with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in the last series and Mary says it was definitely the scene she got the most feedback about.

"People were having a laugh at one point. A few people said to my boyfriend, 'So what does it feel like knowing you're MOT is riding Nidge?'" she laughed. "We just joked about it."

Before Mary takes part in Penny Dreadful, she will star in Barnardos Under My Bed series at Smock Alley Theatre.

"It's going to be a fantastic night. I'm reading a poem by Orla Tinsley," she said.

(The Herald)


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