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mob research Kin star Charlie Cox says he consulted the Sunday World's Nicola Tallant for advice on gangs

"She very kindly agreed to talk to me as well so I got on Face Time with her at one point," Charlie said.

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Kin actor Charlie Cox has revealed how he roped in Sunday World Investigations Editor Nicola Tallant to help him play hitman Michael Kinsella in the hit TV series.

The English actor had no idea of Irish gang culture before he came here until he started researching notorious feuds and criminals associated with this country.

"I was unaware when I agreed to do the job, I was unaware the extent of it at least," explains Charlie (38).

"And then when I got into my research, I started doing a lot of reading and stuff, and I came across Nicola Tallant and she has done a number of Podcasts with Eamon Dunphy.

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"She very kindly agreed to talk to me as well so I got on Face Time with her at one point.

"She had a book that had just come out, The Witness, which I found really, really helpful and actually there was a couple of chapters that were so powerful, I spoke to Peter (McKenna, Kin creator) about incorporating a concept... from her book.

"When I got stuck into the research and I was like 'wow, this is a serious problem'. I had no idea, so its overwhelming to learn about it."

Charlie also worked on his Irish accent.

"I worked really, really closely with an amazing coach in Dublin called Pól. I also did a little bit of work with a great Dublin actor who helps with accents as well, Emmet Kirwan. And then I stayed in it as much as possible and then hoped for the best after that.

He adds: "I watched Cardboard Gangster, I watch Michael Inside, also a lot of podcasts and news articles. Just for the fun of it I revisited The Commitments. Maria Doyle Kennedy is in it (she plays as Birdy in Kin)."

Charlie says he was thrilled to land the role of Michael, as his wife Samantha Thomas is part of the production team.

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"We had such a lovely time and made the most of it, but it was sad we couldn't get to experience more of it because of the lockdown, so I'm kind of desperately hoping we will get to see a season two and really experience it."

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