Portlaoise actor set for TV award

LEADING Laois thespian, Robert Sheehan has been nominated for a prestigious Irish Film and Television Award.

LEADING Laois thespian, Robert Sheehan has been nominated for a prestigious Irish Film and Television Award.

The Portlaoise actor, whose big screen credits include a role in the new Nicolas Cage blockbuster, Season of the Witch, has been nominated as Best Actor for the gritty RTE drama, Love/Hate.

The four-part series, which details the simmering tensions afflicting a small-town drug gang in Dublin, has been nominated for 10 awards, including Best Drama, Best Director (David Caffrey), Best Actress (Ruth Bradley), Best Supporting Actor (Brian Gleeson) and Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Negga).

The youngest son of Joe and Maria Sheehan, Robert got his big break in the 2003 film, Song For A Raggy Boy, before going on to garner critical praise for his role in the Channel 4 series, Misfits. Robert's Irish Film and Television Award nomination sees him competing against such stars of the small screen as Domhnall Gleeson, Owen McDonnell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, for the coveted accolade of Best Actor in a Lead Role (Television).

The awards take place on Saturday, February 12 at the Convention Centre Dublin.