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different world Irish star Genevieve O’Reilly says she has finally made London her home

Sky Atlantic drama Tin Star is set to return for a final season with Irish star Genevieve O’Reilly at the helm.

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Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie all reprising their roles as the Worth family.

Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie all reprising their roles as the Worth family.

Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie all reprising their roles as the Worth family.

Genevieve O’Reilly admits the third and final series of Tin Star feels like it was filmed in a different lifetime - with the blockbuster Sky Atlantic drama set for a thrilling concluding season in a very different setting.

Dublin-born O’Reilly is back with her on-screen husband Tim Roth (who plays Jack Worth) and daughter Anna (played by Abigail Lawrie), with a show that has been previously based in Canada reaching a thrilling finale in Liverpool.

Filmed before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, O’Reilly reflects on the months since then with a sense of bewilderment as she concedes so much that was once our normal has changed beyond recognition.

“It feels like a different world and in many ways it is,” begins O’Reilly, whose list of on-screen acting credits includes appearances in Star Wars and The Matrix sequels as well as a host of acclaimed theatre credits.

“Everything has changed since we filmed this show in Liverpool. I remember shooting one scene with Abigail in a crowd of Everton supporters and we had so much fun.

“We had people who’d come in from Sheffield, Chester, all around to be a part of Tin Star. It had such a lovely community vibe about it, but it feels like that can’t happen right now.

“Hopefully we have done a show that people enjoy and I have to say this train ride with Tin Star has been a wonderful experience over the last few years.

“Ending it in Liverpool was so different compared to what we had been used to in Canada, but I loved the city.

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Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie all reprising their roles as the Worth family.

Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie all reprising their roles as the Worth family.

Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie all reprising their roles as the Worth family.

“I had an apartment there for a number of months and really got my feet on the ground there. Canada was special for completely different reasons: the majesty of those mountains, the landscapes, the wide skies.

“Yet because this family’s past was always chasing them, they were always going to have to come back to navigate the chaos of their lives and the choices they have made.”

The significance of Liverpool for the Worth family began to emerge in season two of Tin Star, with the demons of their past confronted as the show is given a final chapter.

The series led by Roth’s unhinged and ruthless former cop Jack has drawn big audiences around the world since the dramatic first episode of Tin Star featured the death of his beloved son and he concedes there is sadness as the story comes to an end.

“It was tough for all of us who have been on this journey with Tin Star to film this series because we knew that when it was finished there would be no more,” says Londoner Roth, who lists big screens roles in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs among his impressive body of work.

“Knowing where we were going was hard and it was a tough way to leave. As the days ticked by, I got increasingly sad about it. We’d been working together for three years.

“The downside of doing some kind of long-form series comes when it’s time to move on.

“Gen, Abs and I now, we check in with each other. When you love who you work with, it’s tough saying goodbye.”

O’Reilly’s classy performance in the third season of Tin Star is another triumph for an actress who has retained a dulcet Irish lilt to her voice, despite leaving her homeland for Australia when she was just ten years old.

London is now home for Genevieve with chiropractor husband Luke Mulvihill and their two young children, but she admits her Irish roots will always be close to her heart.

“I’m a bit of a mongrel, but London is home now,” she stated. “So much has changed in Ireland since I was living there and that is the same for everywhere.

“I’ve lived in Australia for a lot of my life and that has changed and we have seen big changes in London in recent years as well.

“People change and the cities they live in change, but I still feel Irish, that will never change. I’ve lived in a lot of different places, have lots of experiences and I’m a bit of a mixed bag, but you never forget where you come from.”

Amid the chaos of lockdown and the virus that has dominated all of our lives in recent months, the quality of television being made has been so important to our lives and Roth admits the lure of working on small screen productions may now be more appealing than movie projects.

Initially moving from film acting to television didn’t appeal to some movie actors but “it never bothered me” said Roth.

“When I was emerging in Britain, you went where the work was, there was no snobbery.

“In America, you were either a film actor or a TV actor — it was almost seen as a step down to do TV, but I never thought that.

“I don’t have a career agenda. Maybe it’s the English thing of fear of unemployment. I’m amazed I’m still working, to be honest, but it has been an interesting year for TV.

“What’s happening since Covid-19 stopped everyone, which is interesting, is that everyone in our industry is focusing on scripts and getting ready for when this is over, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”

  • All episodes of Tin Star: Liverpool will be available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV from December 10th.

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