Sheehan lands BBC film role

portlaoise actor, Robert Sheehan, has been cast in a feature length film for BBC1 which will air over Christmas.

portlaoise actor, Robert Sheehan, has been cast in a feature length film for BBC1 which will air over Christmas.

Robert will begin filming ‘The Borrowers’ over the summer, along with Sharon Horgan, sister of Irish rugby player Shane Horgan.

The film is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s classic children’s books about the world of tiny Borrowers who live under the floorboard and must borrow things to survive while keeping their existence unknown.

Sheehan will play a Spiller, a wild tearaway who helps Arrietty after her parents are captured by an evil professor.

Other cast in the television movie include Stephen Fry as evil Professor Mildeye, Victoria Wood and Christopher Eccleston.

The youngest son of Joe and Maria Sheehan, Robert had no previous acting experience or drama coaching when he first landed a part in Song For A Raggy Boy, after attending an open audition with his mum.

He went on to complete his Leaving Certificate and enrolled in a flim making course in Galway/Mayo IT, but after a year, Robert decided that a life behind the camera wasn’t for him.

He picked up a number of acting roles after college, but it was landing a part in the Channel 4 series, Misfits, that really got Robert noticed. He has plaeyed the role of Nathan since 2009, but will not be returning for the third series of the show.

He also played a major role in the RTÉ drama, Love Hate, which aired on that station late last year.