As his new comedy-romance-thriller series Run reaches screens, Domhnall Gleeson has said he did not consider changing his surname at the start of his career to stay out of the shadow of his father Brendan.

In an interview with The Guardian from his family's home in Dublin, Gleeson reflected on his early years following in his father's footsteps.

"Look," he told the paper, "there's no way in which he is a hindrance. I was aware, when I'd turn up on stuff, that there'd be a certain amount of: 'Maybe he got the job because of who is dad is,' or whatever. But it's hard to make a film or a play happen, and if anyone has spent money on anything they're not going to hire someone who can't do the job just because they know your dad."

Gleeson conceded that he was possibly being naive, but added that he did not consider changing his name, because his father was not as well-known internationally back then, and everyone in Ireland would have known that he was Brendan Gleeson's son anyway.

"Maybe it would have been nice to take my mam's surname just to get it out there," he concluded. "I'm afraid I'm just not a good-enough son that it crossed my mind."

Run begins on Sky Comedy and NOW TV on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00pm.