THE WIRE'S Aidan Gillen has swapped the crime-ridden streets of Baltimore for the ruthless gangland of Dublin's inner city.
The Irish actor stars in new TV drama series Love/Hate about warfare among rival gangs in Dublin due to hit screens at the beginning of next month.
Acclaimed writer Stuart Carolan, who previously turned his hand to the restaurant series Raw, has created a gritty series based on real-life events.
Aidan (42), who played Mayor Tommy Carcetti in the Baltimore police series The Wire, takes on the role of crime boss John Boy, a ruthless gang member who has just been released from prison.
Cherrybomb actor Robert Sheehan plays young criminal Darren, whose brother is deeply involved in the gang and the drama unfolds as one of the other members is shot dead.
The series features a line up of other young Irish actors including Ruth Negga, who starred in Breakfast on Pluto, Stardust actress Ruth Bradley, and Killian Scott.
The RTE-funded Octagon Films production is set to mirror the lives of Irish criminals who have fled to Spain to escape gangland and prosecution here.
Dubliner Aidan previously said that he relishes the prospect of taking on "disgusting or flawed" characters.
"They're often the most interesting roles, after all, but in the US they can be career death," he said.
Over the past few years, Aidan has been flitting in and out of the theatre, film and TV worlds but moved back to live in Kerry a couple of years ago with his wife Olivia O'Flanagan and children Berry and Joe.
"The idea is that by the time you come back you have been away for a year and people have forgotten you," he said. "If you like having time off, which I do, that's a good career strategy.
"I just wanted to get back home. I have always been travelling -- New York and London," he added. "I want to give my kids a proper home."