10 years after Love/Hate first took over our TV screens, we take a look at how Nidge and the gang have been getting on
It all kicked off on October 3, 2010 when Stuart Carolan's gritty crime drama burst onto RTÉ television, depicting the lives of fictional characters in Dublin's criminal underworld. It lasted for five sensational seasons. Here's what happened to the key players.
Robert Sheehan: Darren
Robert Sheehan was one of the original Love/Hate cast members and his character, Darren, won over the nation with his beneath-the-surface kindness and loyalty.
Viewers rooted for Darren, wanted to see him live happily ever after with Rosie (Ruth Negga) and escape the life of crime that has trapped him. However, we all know how it panned out...
With lead roles in Love/Hate and E4's Misfits airing around the same time, it seemed as though Sheehan was destined for great things on the big and small screens.
The Portlaoise native has a host of acclaimed performances in independent films under his belt, but the release of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy saw him crash back into the public eye. He also made an appearance in The Young Offenders, and took a lead role in Peter Jackson's The Mortal Engines.
Barry Keoghan: Wayne aka the cat killer
When Barry Keoghan's character, Wayne, shot the cat on Love/Hate, he became a part of Irish TV history - and it left him with a lot to do to cast off the "the Love/Hate cat killer" tag that seemed destined to follow him for the rest of his life.
From a relatively small role in the series, Keoghan has gone on to become a real rising star of Hollywood.
He is choosing really interesting roles (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), working with renowned directors, and starring alongside the best of the best, all the while turning in stellar performance after stellar performance.
And it isn't slowing down for him; Keoghan is set to play the baddie in upcoming Marvel movie The Eternals, which is slated for release next February. He will also appear in The Green Knight.
This year he was listed at number 27 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.
Killian Scott: Tommy
In a world of fuglies - inside and out - Killian Scott shone like a prince among thieves on Love/Hate. He played Thomas "Tommy" Daly, a strong, silent type who always seemed a reluctant soldier in King Nidge's band of merry mayhem men.
Then in one of the most unsettling scenes in the whole five series run of the drama, Tommy was brutally beaten by his treacherous capo and left as a brain damaged shadow of his former self. Nidge would pay dearly for his thuggery.
Since the end of the show, 34-year-old Dubliner Scott has gone on to roles in Irish thriller Traders in 2015, and such well-received films such as gritty IRA drama '71 and the Flann O'Brien does High Noon bore-fest Calvary.
He also starred in The Commuter with Liam Neeson in 2018 and most recently, he made a chilling turn as Detective Rob Reilly in Dublin Murders.
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor: Nidge
As Nigel "Nidge" Delaney, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor became one of the great anti-heroes of Irish drama. Any form of Irish drama. With malevolence in his eyes and a real hair trigger menace, King Nidge ruled his domain with gleeful ruthlessness.
Vaughan-Lawlor was both cunning and cowardly - but always riveting - in the role and viewers may have almost felt a tinge of sympathy when they saw him cowering like a dog (thank you, D Trump) in a corner of his own garden in the closing minutes of Love/Hate. Almost.
After the end of the series (and yes, we're glad it didn't run to a sixth season), 42-year-old Dublin man TVL is the actor who has perhaps gone on to the greatest success after the stellar rise of Barry Keoghan.
Always a stage performer, Vaughan-Lawlor has taken an almost Mark Rylance-like stealth approach to the big screen with appearances in The Secret Scripture and The Infiltrator.
Over the last few years, he made his inevitable blockbuster debut as Ebony Maw in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel Avengers: Endgame, and was recently seen in Dublin Murders as Frank Mackey, a character we will be seeing a lot more of.
He’s back on cinema screens this week in Rialto, a story of identity, love and loss, in which he plays Colm, a father of two who has worked all his life on the Dublin docks.
The recent death of his alcoholic father and a takeover at his place of work leads Colm to question everything that anchors him in the world. Unable to share his feelings with those closest to him, he instead confides in Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney), a 19-year-old he has recently met.
Ruth Negga: Rosie
There were few characters you were really rooting for in Love/Hate, but Darren and Rosie provided an emotional backbone that was as moving as it was inevitably doomed.
Robert Sheehan and Ruth Negga sparkled as the star-crossed lovers and their chemistry hopped off the screen any time they shared a scene together. Their romance was as convincing as it was realistic and added a much needed element of hope to the proceedings.
The Irish-Ethiopian star Negga's career has gone from strength to strength since then, with memorable roles in films, TV and on the stage.
She starred alongside Brad Pitt in blockbusters World War Z and more recently Ad Astra, played Raina in the Marvel TV series Agents of SHIELD, and Tulip O'Hare in the cult Preacher TV series, and blew audiences away as Hamlet in a Gate Theatre production of Shakespeare's play in 2018.
Negga also picked up a best actress Oscar nomination for her stellar work in the historical drama Loving.
Next up is the drama Passing, a big-screen adaptation of Nella Larsen's acclaimed 1929 novel which explores race and gender.
Charlie Murphy: Siobhan
Siobhan's character progression from gangster family member to garda informant through five seasons of Love/Hate was utterly compelling and brilliantly realised.
She was introduced as Nidge's niece when she was just 17 but went on to become a key player in the events of the following seasons.
In season three, viewers were shocked when Siobhan was raped by the IRA leader Git outside the club. Murphy's performance as a young woman struggling to come to terms in the aftermath of the attack was understated and raw.
Showing resilience and strength in equal measures, Siobhan became determined to take down her cold-blooded uncle Nidge, leading to the show's nail-biting finale.
Murphy has since impressed as one of the four female leads in the RTÉ 1916 drama series Rebellion, played a central role in the acclaimed BBC crime drama Happy Valley opposite Sarah Lancashire, starred as Jessie Eden in Cillian Murphy's gangster drama Peaky Blinders, and appeared with a top-notch Irish cast in director Ian Fitzgibbon's black comedy Dark Lies The Island.
Her career Stateside looks to be on the rise with the news she is playing a central character in the upcoming live-action Halo TV series from Showtime.
Peter Coonan: Fran
Peter Coonan played Fran "I've a bone to pick with you, Nidgey" Cooney. In 2014, the year Love/Hate finished, the actor was seen in the adaptation of Benjamin Black’s novel Christine Falls in the BBC/Irish Film Board-produced Quirke crime series. He also starred in Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.
From appearances in TG4’s three-part Wrecking the Rising - an alternative look at 1916 - feature film The Drummer and the Keeper, and the Tom Collins-directed Penance: Aithrí, he has been a mainstay on the Irish drama scene since Love/Hate's end.
Coonan was seen in the recent Dublin Murders and he played Doggy Mannion in the comedy feature, Dark Lies the Island, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and based on a Kevin Barry story. Coonan plays one of two brothers - the other is Moe Dunford - desperate to escape their control freak father, played by Pat Shortt.
Most recently, Coonan was also seen in the Famine-era feature, Arracht, a Cine4 initiative, and will feature in upcoming film Older, and can be seen on the UK’s Britbox service in drama series Cold Courage.
Aidan Gillen: John Boy
Along with his brother, Hughie, John Boy stoked fear and dread in all who came within his reach. In 2011, when Love/Hate had already gained massive credibility with Irish audiences, he was also playing Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in Game of Thrones.
In 2014, Gillen played Charles J Haughey in RTE's three-part drama, Charlie, which dramatised key moments in the public and private lives of the oft-controversial Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach. He starred as CIA operative Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises and played Dr Frank Harte in Calvary, which also starred Brendan Gleeson.
A reflective, philosophical sort, Gillen has said of film, TV and stage roles that "most characters, in anything, are flawed in some way, just like most people. You look for the good in the flawed people and vice versa, and then try and make them appealing in some way."
More recently, Gillen played Queen's manager John Reid in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and starred in The History Channel's recently cancelled series Project Blue Book.
You can watch all five seasons of Love/Hate on the RTÉ Player