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Fran relishing supporting role for Breaking Dad first night

STAR Wars acting talent Domhnall Gleeson took some time out from reading through top-secret Hollywood scripts to watch some of Ross O'Carroll Kelly's latest stage antics.

The red carpet was rolled out at the Gaiety Theatre last night as the curtain rose on Paul Howard's latest offering.

Throngs of celebrities were out in force to lend their support to the opening night of the latest sensation in the O'Carroll Kelly phenomenon, 'Breaking Dad'.

It was collars-up and Dubes at the ready for the latest instalment of the hilarious adventures of the morally-reprehensible southsider.

The Irish star said that he was overawed when he was cast in the 'Star Wars' franchise alongside Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.

But he was terrified that he would give away the Star Wars plot and so kept comments to a minimal.

"I don't want to say too much about it because I am terrified I will accidentally give the entire story away," he told the Herald.

"But obviously I'm extremely excited about it. We had the read through and it was incredible sitting in the room with all those unbelievably talented actors." And there was no shortage of familiar faces in the foyer of the show's opening night, with several Love/Hate stars there to support Laurence Kinlan, who is treading the boards in the show.

Attendees included Tom Vaughan Lawlor, aka Nidge, who said he was looking forward to seeing the infamous fictional south Dubliner's latest capers.

Peter Coonan (Fran) arrived with his heavily pregnant girlfriend Kim O'Driscoll and Aoibhinn McGinnity (Trish) dashed through the doors. Liam Cunningham, Blathnaid ni Chofaigh with pal Norah Casey also attended alongside Brian and Pippa Ormond and playwright Fiona Looney.

Rory Nolan takes on the lead role of fictional Southsider Ross O'Carroll-Kelly with 'Love/ Hate' actor Laurence Kinlan his son Ronan.