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Peter can't wait to take on the role of a hands-on dad

ACTOR Peter Coonan has insisted he'll be a hands-on dad right from the start.

The Love/Hate star is currently filming the fifth instalment of the RTE gangland drama and told the Herald that he's hoping he'll be present for the birth of his child with girlfriend Kim O'Driscoll.

The 27-year-old Dubliner, who is known for his portrayal as Fran on the hit show, said his main concern is getting off the set in time for the baby's arrival in the coming weeks.

"I'm looking forward to the whole thing, the entire experience," he told the Herald.

"I'll be [emotional] too, I'll definitely well up [when the baby arrives]."

Coonan and blonde beauty O'Driscoll met through friends and been dating for almost a year.

Even though his working hours are long while filming Stuart Carolan's TV programme, soon-to-be mum O'Driscoll is not concerned.

"If he's shooting when the baby arrives, that's fine – I'm not too worried, he'll be home in the evenings," she said.

"Laurence [Kinlan] got out of filming for a little bit to spend time with his baby, so we'll see how we go and play it by ear. We're very excited."

Coonan was honoured at the IFTAs last weekend, taking home the award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV role.

He said that when the time comes to move on from the series, he'll be ready.

In between seasons of the show, Coonan has been testing his range with parts in Get Up and Go, 1950s thriller Quirke and TV3 cartoon Newsbag.

He has also been treading the boards, appearing in a production of Philadelphia, Here I Come in Belfast's Lyric Theatre.

"I'm just taking one step at a time at the moment – trying to enjoy Love/Hate, have the baby and kick back over the summer," he said.

"When the time comes the time comes, you just have to move on, take on other roles and test your acting ability.


"You always have to challenge yourself and that's what I've tried to do in the last couple of months, by taking on theatre and film and other different things. I'm looking forward to finishing off this season and seeing where we go after that."