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Written on Aug 03 // Filled under: Articles

The third child of a Garda father and a mother who has recently trained to conduct civil ceremonies (“We were like: Mam, are you really telling us you’re becoming a reverend?”), Sheehan hails from Portlaoise, a small inland town in Ireland. He is the first and only actor in his family; his sister Shauna, “the brains of the operation”, has a masters in international finance, while his brother Brendan, a semi-professional body builder, has twice been voted Mr Ireland.

The “natural show-off”, at the age of 10 Sheehan landed the lead in the school play, Oliver with a Twist – the twist being the cast segueing into sketches from the head- master’s favourite comedies – and decided from there on in that he wanted to perform for a living. He moved to Galway after school, then Dublin, where he landed a part in the independent film Cherrybomb, opposite Rupert Grint. But it was his role as a male prostitute, BJ, in the TV adaptation of David Peace’s Red Riding trilogy in 2009 that Sheehan credits with changing everything: “It was because of those films that I got the audition in London for Misfits.”

Even now, British directors will approach him off the back of his performance in Red Riding; the creators of Love/Hate, the Dublin gangland series Sheehan made in 2010 with Aiden Gillan and Ruth Negga, were a case in point. Originally airing on the Irish network RTE, it started as something of a passion project for Sheehan, who plays hitman Darren – “I wanted to work with Stuart Carolan and Dave Caffrey” – but its success has proved that Sheehan had an instinct (viewing figures have exceeded Ireland playing in the World Cup in 1990). The first series is currently showing on Channel 5, where I think it is somewhat wasted, but Sheehan understands. “The first series was quite typical of Irish drama: nicely put out there, but fuck all happens,” he says. “The second series was where it took flight, because we got greater control and could be real.” This sentiment has been echoed by the critics.

Source: The Guardian

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Written on Jul 31 // Filled under: Articles,Love/Hate

The Irish Post has published a review of Love/Hate episode 1, praising Robert’s acting:

Robert Sheehan excels as Darren, a character far removed from his previous TV role in channel 4’s Misfits. He is utterly believable as a gang figure, asserting his authority in threats of revenge, family allegiance and determination to take care of his older sister, yet at the same time displays a sense of vulnerability.

Source: IrishPost.co.uk

The second episode airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 5.

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Written on Jul 29 // Filled under: Articles,Images

Two HQ images from the magazine have been added to the gallery:


Source: Publitas

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Written on Jul 17 // Filled under: Articles,Donations,Images
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Written on Jul 16 // Filled under: Articles,Images

Mr Porter have posted an interview with Robert including a brand new photoshoot. We have added the previews to our gallery.

When it comes to his chosen trade, Mr Sheehan has a knowledge that’s matched only by his enthusiasm. He recounts highlights of his acting career passionately and at length, from an early performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan – “we rehearsed it in a community hall in a small village called Shanahoe” – to his more recent role in the gritty, critically acclaimed crime drama Love/Hate, which has become one of the most successful Irish TV shows ever made.


Source: Mr Porter

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Written on Jul 15 // Filled under: Articles,Love/Hate

Makers of Love/Hate, director David Caffrey and writer Stuart Carolan, are hoping for the show’s success in the UK:

After scooping five IFTA awards at the Irish equivalent of the Oscars in February, makers of cold-blooded crime drama Love/Hate are now hoping for a similar impact in the UK.

Rising star Robert Sheehan, who appeared in Channel 4’s Misfits and is currently filming with Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel in L.A., plays handsome gang fugitive Darren in the four-part series.

Following a young drugs gang based in Dublin, Sheehan leads an up-and-coming cast, including Ruth Negga who played Shirley Bassey to great acclaim in BBC1’s Shirley in 2011.

The drama made front-page news in Ireland and director David Caffrey is quietly confident about the show getting a positive reception in the UK.

Source: Express.co.uk

The first episode of Love/Hate should premiere on Channel 5 on Wednesday, July 24th at 10pm.

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