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BBC delight as Love/Hate star Sheehan signs up for drama

THE producers of a BBC drama have spoken of their delight to have landed Irish actor Robert Sheehan for a leading role.

The Love/Hate star will appear in the new series of Accused, playing the lead in one of the episodes.

Written by Jimmy McGovern, who was also behind crime drama Cracker, Accused focuses on a different story each week, with Sheehan appearing in the second one.

A spokeswoman for the show, Cathie Davey, told the Herald of their delight at securing the Portlaoise man.

"We haven't filmed Robert's episode yet or even had the script read-through but are thrilled he's in the leading role," she said.


Sheehan (23) has previously starred in the Channel 4 series Misfits and the film Killing Bono.

"We're very soon into the game -- Robert's been cast along with the others. We're just thrilled to bits he's in the piece and he's a leading role," Ms Davey said.

Sheehan plays a teenager who is convinced his mother's palliative care nurse Charlotte -- played by Sheridan Smith -- has a very different agenda.

His character becomes increasingly paranoid about the welfare of his younger brother and is at odds with his father.

The episode was co-written by Danny Brocklehurst, who also wrote The Street.

Ms Davey added: "You're never sure whether you're inside his mind, experiencing that, or whether he's somebody who's quite troubled.

"I think he'll bring a real edginess to the role.


"We did this with Accused where you've got the central character who does do something and does end up in the dock but it's kind of 'there but for the grace of God go I' drama.

"What would you do if you were in that position? It's morally ambiguous."

Robert, who plays Darren in RTE's Love/Hate, is "such a fantastic actor", she added.

He has been acting since childhood, making his debut screen appearance in the film Song For A Raggy Boy.

As a teenager he landed roles in a number of feature films including A Dublin Story, Ghostwood and Summer of the Flying Saucers.