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Red dock Red Rock star Nic Furlong facing court appearance after allegedly assaulting traffic warden

Furlong is best known for his role playing everybody's favourite bad guy Tony Doyle in Virgin Media's Red Rock.

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Nic Furlong is seen with gardai after the alleged incident

Nic Furlong is seen with gardai after the alleged incident

Nic Furlong is seen with gardai after the alleged incident

An actor famous for playing bad guy Tony Doyle in soap Red Rock is now facing a real life courtroom drama after an alleged assault on a traffic warden.

Nic Furlong, who is also known as the face of Barry's Tea after he spearheaded an advertising campaign for the Irish company, is accused of assault and two counts of engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The charges arise from an alleged incident at the Crescent Quay car park in Wexford town on June 26, 2020.

Images of the aftermath of the alleged incident, involving two traffic wardens, were subsequently shared on Facebook.

The case against Furlong, who was charged under the name Nicholas O'Donovan and who has an address at Ashbrook, Greenville, Enniscorthy, came before Wexford District Court on Monday last.

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Nic starred in the soap and was also the face of Barry’s Tea

Nic starred in the soap and was also the face of Barry’s Tea

Nic starred in the soap and was also the face of Barry’s Tea

Mr Furlong, whose presence was not required in court due to ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19, was represented by solicitor Tim Cummings.

Mr Cummings sought and was granted legal aid after he informed the court that his client is an actor who is currently not working.

Judge John Cheatle remanded Furlong to appear at Wexford District Court on March 22.

Furlong is best known for his role playing everybody's favourite bad guy Tony Doyle in Virgin Media's Red Rock.

Red Rock was an Irish crime drama set in the fictional seaside town of Red Rock near Dublin.

Produced by Element and Company Pictures, the series was based around the town's local garda station, and the activities of both the uniformed officers and detectives who work there.

Furlong's character Tony Doyle became central to season three of Red Rock after his partner went missing.

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Furlong as Tony Doyle in Red Rock

Furlong as Tony Doyle in Red Rock

Furlong as Tony Doyle in Red Rock

After a number of twists and turns, it emerged that Doyle had an alibi.

However, it was not one that cleared him in any way as it emerged that the character abused an underage girl.

'He is a bit of a b**tard,' Nic said of the role.

'I feel good about the role though. It's a tough character to play. He's a bad man and initially I couldn't relate to him in any way, so that was difficult.'

'It was very difficult to play something like that. You get your scripts daily so you don't know what's going to be thrown at you.

"Everyone thought Tony was guilty. I thought I'd done it myself until I got the script.

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Nic Furlong is seen with gardai after the alleged incident

Nic Furlong is seen with gardai after the alleged incident

Nic Furlong is seen with gardai after the alleged incident

"Then the confession that he had gotten into the bed drunk with this girl... that scene took five hours to film because I kept breaking down. I wasn't expecting it at all and it's such a difficult subject.

"It got a great reception though and Red Rock managed to win an IFTA afterwards. I think that storyline was probably a big part of it."

Furlong has also played a number of roles in feature films.

Among his movie credits to date are Demon Hunter and a comedy which scooped an award at the Dun Laoghaire Film Festival called Thank You Come Again, a caper focusing on the smuggling of blood diamonds in sex toys.

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