Fair City star Tony Tormey tells of time over-zealous 'fan' called him a 'male slut'

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Fair City star Tony Tormey tells of time over-zealous 'fan' called him a 'male slut'
Fair City star Tony Tormey tells of time over-zealous 'fan' called him a 'male slut'

Fair City actor Tony Tormey has admitted that being a TV star isn’t always as glamorous as it seems – especially when fans confuse him with his on-screen character.

Tony is best known as Carrigstown love rat Paul Brennan, and the Dubliner has been part of the hit RTE soap for 30 years.

While he admitted he usually enjoys the attention he gets when he’s out and about, he said he doesn’t appreciate it when it inflicts on the lives of his family.

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Recalling an incident when a fan called him a ‘male slut’ while on a family day out, the father-of-two told the RTE Guide: “You get used to it.”

He continued: “I embrace it and enjoy it and like the fact that as an actor you’re making an impression. But when it impinges on your family life, then, no, I don’t welcome that.”

The soap star’s character has had an eventful love life, beginning with the tragic death of his first love Helen, followed by two broken marriages to Niamh and Nicola, topped off with several affairs in between.

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Four children to four different women later, he believes a female actor would find it more difficult to play someone with such a complicated past.

He said: “Yeah, for a woman to have four children with four different men, numerous relationships and affairs, would probably not be as acceptable as it has been for Paul, sadly.”

Tony Tormey and Clelia Murphy (Fair City’s Paul and Niamh) (Image: Collins)
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It may be the week of love, but in Carrigstown, power hungry Paul has been busy trying to split up the relationship between his on-screen son Oisin and Charlotte Bishop.

Dissecting his character’s controlling ways, Tormey said: “Paul thinks that everything he does is right. He wants to be across everything, involved in everything. Paul thinks he knows all the pitfalls.”

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And separating Paul’s ‘over-protective’ actions from his own parenting style, the actor, who shares two kids, Max,15, and Issey,12, with his wife Kate admitted: “But this is a fairly natural thing for a father.

“Sometimes with my own kids, I have to stop myself saying they’re wrong, because a lot of the time, they’re not wrong. It’s knowing when to pull back, and I don’t think my character Paul has that filter.”

He added: “The thing is, Paul thinks he is a great father, just brilliant. He adores his kids, no doubt, but he might show his love in the wrong ways.

“I would love if Paul could get back to the way he was before Niamh took him apart but it’s a great role to play. As long as the writers keep giving me storylines, I’m happy.”

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Source: Celebrity News Ireland