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I'm not ready for theatre yet says Love/Hate star

HE has made his mark in the television world as the cat-killing criminal in Love/Hate, but actor Barry Keoghan will not be making an assault on the Irish stage any time soon.

Unlike his former co-stars Peter Coonan, Aoibhinn McGinnity and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, the 21-year-old has no desire to make the transition from TV to theatre, as he thinks he would find live performance too intimidating.

"As ridiculous as it sounds, I'm a very shy person," he told the Herald. "I don't want to go near the stage. I have a lot of respect for people who do it because it's such a talent to be able to do both TV and stage.

"For me, I can bring a lot from within for the camera – it's a bit different in theatre."

Keoghan, who grew up in inner city Dublin, is currently starring in Stalkers, directed by Mark O'Connor.

The thriller tells the story of homeless man Oliver who wanders around Dublin where he meets and befriends a bullied teenager named Tommy, played by Keoghan.

A victim of abuse himself, Oliver sees Tommy's innocence and desperately wants to preserve it, to the point that he becomes increasingly involved in the boy's life.

Keoghan, who was in and out of foster care as a child, said he related to his character and used personal experiences to help him prepare for the role.


"It made it easier to go places with him - I related in a lot of parts to him and I know lads who have lived this life too – it's a current topic in Dublin's inner city," he said.

"It was very real too. If there was a slap involved, it would be a real slap."

Keoghan has finished filming his next movie film, Traders, with Killian Scott.