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Love/Hate Susan and Fair City Aoibheann joining Hardy Bucks

Hit comedy series Hardy Bucks will return to TV screens later this year with Love/Hate and Fair City stars joining the cast.

RTE has commissioned the popular mockumentary show to return for a third series, with some new additions.

Former model Susan Loughnane, who is best known for her role as addict Debbie in gritty crime drama Love/Hate, and soap star Aoibheann McCaul, who plays Caoimhe Dillon in Fair City, have both landed roles in the new series, which will air in the autumn.

RTE said both actresses will play love interests to original characters Eddie Durkan, The Viper and Buzz McDonnall.

Filming has already begun in Swinford, Co Mayo, for the six-episode run.

Written by and starring Martin Moloney as Eddie Durkan and Chris Tordoff as The Viper, Hardy Bucks has enjoyed a cult following since its beginnings as an online show.

After winning RTE competition Storyland, the web series was adapted for TV in 2010 before being made into a movie last year

Speaking after the announcement, Dublin actress Susan, who made her TV debut when she competed in modelling competition Britain's Next Top Model in 2010, said she is enjoying being part of the comedy.

"The most laughs I've ever had on set. This is gonna be a good one," she tweeted.

The flame-haired star, who released her debut book The Art of Scandal last year, previously revealed her comedy ambitions when she signed up for a course at a New York comics' school.

The 28-year-old enrolled in a programme at the Upright Citizens Brigade last year to fine tune her stand-up skills.

It's been a hectic year for Susan, and it looks set to get even busier as she adds wedding planning to her to-do list.

In February, she got engaged to her boyfriend of 10 years, David Doyle, who is an air-traffic controller at Shannon Airport.


Susan, who lives in Malahide, previously told the Herald that while being apart from her fiance is tough, they make it work.

"Being apart is obviously crap, but it makes seeing each other even better," she said.

"When we see each other we're so delighted.

"I suppose if we were with each other all the time, it probably wouldn't be like that after 10 years."