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15th Jul 2019

Fair City actor Karl Shiels has died, aged 47

Dave Hanratty

Karl Shiels Fair City dead

Very sad news.

Actor Karl Shiels, known for playing the character of Robbie Quinn in Fair City, has died.

He was 47 years old.

The Lisa Richards Agency confirmed the news via a statement released to RTÉ on Monday afternoon, 15 July.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our client and friend Karl Shiels, yesterday,” the statement said.

“Karl was a uniquely talented individual, simultaneously intense, light hearted, funny, sharp witted, outspoken and intensely powerful as an actor, director and artistic director of the Theatre Upstairs – where he was such a support and mentor for young writers, actors and directors –  and of his own company Semper Fi before that.

“Our hearts are broken but today our thoughts are with his partner Laura and his family, his children and their mother Dearbhla and his many close friends among whom we count ourselves lucky to have been for so many years.”

Shiels had played the part of Quinn on Fair City since 2014.

Having graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting, he appeared in many stage plays as well as landing roles in the likes of Batman Begins, Intermission, Peaky Blinders and Veronica Guerin.

Featured image via RTÉ

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