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Innate fear Tom Vaughan-Lawlor reveals he feared he'd never work again after Love/Hate

'I was very lucky because my family really bolstered me and gave me the courage to keep going'


Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has admitted that he had “an innate fear” of never working again after finding success as Nidge in Love/Hate.

The Dubliner starred as Nigel ‘Nidge’ Delaney in the RTÉ One drama from 2010-2014 and became an international celebrity after playing Ebony Maw in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Tom struggled to find his feet in the industry when he first became an actor and admitted that he sometimes fears that he will end up back where he started.

Speaking to The Sunday Independent, he explained: “I was unemployed and had no money to pay my rent and that was pretty scary. London is a pretty unforgiving city when you’re scrabbling around for work and I was also trying to find out who the hell I was.

“I was very lucky because my family really bolstered me and gave me the courage to keep going.

“There is an innate fear of never working again that never actually goes away fully. It’s part of the territory.”

The 43-year-old said that he often reminds himself of some wise words he received from his Danny Boy co-star Toby Jones.

“Toby Jones once told me, ‘Acting is great, but you’ve always got to get a job.’ It’s kind of a bonkers career in that things can change very quickly, up or down.

“You have to try to keep your feet on the ground and keep your feet on the ground when things go badly and keep an even keel and not let things bleed too much into your domestic life.”

He added that he is proud of what he’s accomplished in his career despite his rocky beginnings.

“I think as an actor you can sort of hit your stride in middle age. And I’m happy with everything I’ve achieved in my career. 

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“If you’d told me when I was a teenager that I’d have gotten to play all these great parts and act alongside all the great actors I’ve worked with, I’d have taken it in a heartbeat. 

“It’s been beyond my wildest dreams and I just feel grateful every day to be doing what I’m doing.”

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