Ciarán Hinds Reflects on Gangster Roles and New Look at The Dry Premiere

Irish actor Ciarán Hinds discussed his gangster roles and debuted a new look at The Dry's season 2 premiere in Ireland. Hinds stars in Kin, a drama winning several awards, and is excited for The Dry's second season to air on RTÉ One.

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Ciarán Hinds Reflects on Gangster Roles and New Look at The Dry Premiere

Ciarán Hinds Reflects on Gangster Roles and New Look at The Dry Premiere

Irish actor Ciarán Hinds, known for his portrayal of gangster characters, recently discussed his roles and debuted a new look at the season 2 premiere of The Dry in Ireland. Hinds has made a name for himself playing notorious figures such as John Traynor in Veronica Guerin and Eamon Cunningham in the award-winning RTÉ drama Kin.

In an exclusive interview, Hinds revealed that he doesn't intentionally seek out gangster roles, but his face often lands him the job. "It is the way the face looks. That's how you get cast... whereas the interior is something else completely," he said. When asked if he ever heard from the real-life John Traynor about his portrayal in Veronica Guerin, Hinds joked, "No I didnstyleType. I like to avoid those kinds of people." Traynor passed away in 2021 at the age of 73.

Hinds' latest gangster role is in Kin, where he stars alongside Aidan Gillen as rival gang leaders Eamon Cunningham and Frank Kinsella, respectively. The show, which follows a fictional Dublin family embroiled in a gangland war, recently won several awards at the 2024 IFTA awards, including Best Drama and Best Script Drama. Kin is set to land on Netflix next month, although Hinds admitted to being unaware of the deal, saying, "Netflix took Kin? Oh great, I'm way behind all this."

At the season 2 premiere of The Dry in Ireland, Hinds sported an unrecognizable bearded look. "This is me in disguise. Nobody knows who I am," he joked, adding that his new appearance might land him a job. The Dry, a darkly comic RTÉ series, follows Shiv Sheridan, played by Siobhán Cullen, as she returns to Dublin after years of partying in London and tries to stay sober. Cullen was commended for her roles in both Obituary and The Dry, winning the Rising Star award at the 2024 IFTA awards.

The second season of The Dry is set to air on RTÉ One on May 15 at 9:35pm. Hinds expressed his excitement about the show's return, saying,"We had no idea. When we first made it, we thought it was a one off and then people took to it. "However, he remains unsure if a third season is in the works. With Hinds' impressive track record in portraying complex gangster characters and his new look generating buzz, fans are eager to see what the versatile actor has in store for the future.