ACTRESS Ruth Bradley will not return in her award-winning role in Love/Hate for the next instalment of the hit show.
The Herald can reveal that the 27-year-old, who many viewers recognise from her turn as Mary in the RTE drama, is not in the cast line-up for season three when it returns later this year.
Love/Hate fans saw tensions arise between Mary and on-screen brother Darren [Robert Sheehan] as season two of the show came to a close, with Clontarf native Ruth's character concerned about her sibling's involvement in the underworld.
"In the second season we knew there was tension between Darren and his sister Mary as she was worried about his criminal connections and the affect it would have on her young family. She is not returning for the next season, demonstrating that things got worse for Darren and his personal life," an insider said.
As filming for the Montrose production got under way in April, Dublin born Ruth jetted over to Toronto after landing a lead part in ABC's Beauty And The Beast, alongside singer-turned-actor Darius Campbell from Pop Idol and Letters To Juliet star Chris Egan.
London-based Ruth took up the character of the embattled Beauty Princess Grace, who discovers an unlikely connection with a mercenary bodyguard, 'Beast' Shiro, played by Darius.
However, Ruth and her cast mates did not get the green light for a full series.
But all is not lost for the pretty brunette's career abroad, as she has just signed a "talent holding deal" with the US network -- which will no doubt see her star status soar across the water.
The new deal means that the actress is likely to work in any pilot for a planned TV show over the coming months.
The rising superstar, who recently worked on the ITV series Titanic, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, recently told the Herald of the "strangeness" of her job.
"It is bizarre leaving your normal life behind for jobs.
"I don't know any of the cast yet, you just get on a plane and arrive, but that's the nature of the business. It was the same with Titanic."
Fans of Ruth will soon see her on cinema screens in the Irish horror-comedy Grabbers, which opens on Friday August 10.
The film is set to open the Galway Film Fleadh on Tuesday July 10.