Game of Thrones and Love/Hate star Aidan Gillen plays a vagrant in a Dublin park in the video for the latest song by Dublin troubadour Barry McCormack.

The actor, who has also starred in The Wire and is a keen music fan, previously played an internet conspiracy vlogger in the video for McCormack's track Lived Through This Before.

Now he’s popped up again for the video for Distant Shores, from McCormack's most recent album Mean Time.

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Speaking about working with the actor, who previously appeared in Fontaines D.C.'s video for A Hero's Death, McCormack told RTÉ Entertainment, "We’d been talking about doing a video together for ages, but he was so busy it was difficult to get him to shoot something in Dublin, so I came up with the idea of him filming himself on his phone as the vlogger while he was away filming and we built the video around that.

Behind the music - Barry McCormack

"He said he really wanted to do another one where we could actually film him and the COVID situation meant he was free to film something in August, so myself, himself and the director Raymond Beggan headed to Dodder Park and Orwell Park in Dublin and shot it there in one day in torrential rain.

Barry relaxing at home

"The idea was that Aiden would start the video looking like someone on a mission in the woods somewhere," McCormack added.

"And by the end of the video he would have been revealed to actually be a drunk in a park. It’s left open as to whether he’s a former soldier or just someone who owns an army surplus coat and bag and has some demons."

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The darkly wry singer, who was once a member of Jubilee All-Stars, has also recorded a lockdown gig at home.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2