Thursday 21 March 2019

Cop Kieran's 1916 role as an officer you'll love to hate

Kieran O'Reilly in new RTE drama Rebellion
Kieran O'Reilly in new RTE drama Rebellion
Charlie Murphy in Rebellion

Love/Hate star Kieran O'Reilly has swapped his role as a crime-fighting cop in the crime series for a part in RTE's new drama, Rebellion.

The TV star, who plays detective garda Ciaran Madden in the hit series, will join several of his fellow Love/Hate cast for the new programme which charts the violent birth of modern Ireland.

The show is set over the three weeks of Easter 1916 and will be filmed in the Dublin area in the coming months.

Madden plays British officer Capt Robert Barton in the series, and was pictured with 100 extras dressed in full military attire as they filmed in Collins Barracks, Co Dublin.

Armoured vehicles were also on the set given it a realstic feel, with Madden even sporting a real moustache for the role.

The actor, who works for An Garda Siochana and was formerly a member of the National Drugs Unit, caused controversy previously after senior officials objected to his role on the crime drama.

Charlie Murphy in Rebellion

Charlie Murphy in Rebellion

However, he was found not to be in breach of the garda code, and was instead transferred to the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Charlie Murphy, who played gangster moll Siobhan in Love/Hate, was also on set as camera crews shot on North Great George's Street.

The actor previously described the role as a "fantastic opportunity" for her.

"I'm proud to be a part of it - I'm playing a Dubliner, again," she laughed, referring to her iconic role as Siobhan in gangland drama Love/Hate.

"It's fantastic, opportunities like that don't always come around and to be a part of something like that, to be a part of your own history and recreating it is very special," she said.

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