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Tom, Aidan reunited for Haughey drama

IT was "an education" working with Aidan Gillen in Love/Hate, so actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor couldn't wait to reunite with his old co-star in Citizen Charlie.

The dad of one, who plays crime kingpin Nidge in the gangland TV series, said getting to act with Gillen again was one of the big draws for him in playing PJ Mara in RTE's new political drama.

"My first few weeks on Love/Hate were a crash course in screen acting with Aidan and his ability to draw the camera to him - so we'd a fantastic time," said Vaughan Lawlor.

"His part is massive in Charlie and he's mind-blowing - extraordinary."

The Dundrum native said that getting into character as the press secretary and adviser to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey was a thrill.

"Things like the costume and the hair make a huge difference in shifting you away from your own physicality, especially when you're wearing contemporary clothes for Love/Hate," he said.


"It's great to take you further away from yourself, and PJ's famous for his taste in clothes so I got to wear cool suits."

Also starring in season five of Love/Hate when it airs in October is Coolock native and settled Traveller John Connors, who plays pipe-bomb maker Patrick.

In the next instalment of Love/Hate, viewers will see his relatives on screen.

"I got to spend a lot of time with my family because we shot scenes in their halting site and many of my cousins ended up applying to be extras," he said.

"If there was a line up for grabs they'd all come running, or I'd audition them for fake parts - it was great fun."

Love/Hate has earned Connors plenty of respect from his relatives, who initially were not keen on his career choice.

"When you're a Traveller you have to do manly things, so it took them a few years to get their head around it, but now I have dozens of cousins wanting to be actors," he said.