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I'd love to win IFTA for Nidge but I won't be there to collect it if I do, reveals Tom

If Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan Lawlor wins an IFTA award, he won't be able to collect it in person, he has revealed.

The 34-year-old Dundrum man, who is up for the 2012 Best Actor in a Supporting Role on TV crown, will go head to head with his RTE co-stars Aidan Gillen and Robert Sheehan for the title.

One of four in the running for the prize at the 9th Irish Film and Television Awards, Tom has been chosen for his performance as gangland thug Nidge in the crime series.

Despite his delight to be in the mix, the Trinity College graduate, who is based in London with his actress wife Claire Cox and 11-month-old son Freddie, admitted he won't be jetting into Ireland for the occasion.

"I watch the awards every year and it's lovely to be nominated. To be grouped with the actors I am is a real honour too, they're all fantastic," the dad-of-one told the Herald.

"Obviously I'd love to win it, but these things are always up in the air and to be recognised is an award in itself.

"To be honest, I get the most pleasure out of knowing my family are happy about it -- they're all thrilled with the nomination so their excitement back home is great for me," he added.


A big fan of ITV hit drama Downton Abbey, Tom said he was humbled to be named in the same category as Brendan Coyle, who plays the role of Mr Bates.

"Brendan's a brilliant actor, he has so much experience and is extremely talented on stage as well as on screen."

The Dubliner also congratulated his on-screen colleagues Aidan and Robert who round out the category for the gong this year.

"Robbie [Sheehan] was brilliant in Misfits, I think he's a huge loss from that show now. I had imagined Aidan [Gillen] would get nominated, he leads Love/Hate from the front and does such a good job."

Due to his hectic schedule on stage in a production of June And The Paycock at the Royal National Theatre in the UK, Tom's wife is gearing up to represent him at the show, set to take place on February 11 at the convention centre.

"I'm working on the night of the ceremony, so I'll be sending my wife along. She can pick up the prize for me if I win. She's in the business so she's used to these kinds of things."

June And The Paycock finishes in February and family man Tom said he's looking forward to a break before filming for season three of Love/Hate kicks off.