Updated: 06/06/11 : 07:14:26
Sligo's noted actress Pauline McLynn has hit the headlines over an alleged steamy affair with her co-actor in the hit television series 'Shameless'. It has emerged that her relationship with British actor David Threfall (57) was the subject of a recent super-injunction issued by the UK Law Courts.
Ms McLynn (48) rose to fame for her part as priest's housekeeper Mrs Doyle in the hit comedy 'Father Ted'.
A report in The Sunday World
stated that the married pair fell for each other while filming some steamy sex scenes in the hit Channel 4
show in 2009. The affair is said to have caused tension on the studio set when Threfall's wife found out about the affair. McLynn was understood to be furious after being written out of the show.
The details of the fling with the actor who plays layabout waster Frank Gallagher were revealed in a legal gagging order.
The affair is at the centre of a controversial UK super injunction designed to gag the British media from reporting claims that the pair were 'engaged in a sexual relationship' until his wife discovered the clandestine tryst.
Threfall wanted to save his marriage and said that 'in an ideal world' he wouldn't have to see his former lover at work. The Father Ted star was written out of the show at a convenient time.
The injunction is similar to the high-profile one footballer Ryan Giggs used to silence Big Brother star Imogen Thomas.
The Sligo-born actress joined the cast of Shameless two years ago and performed naked with Threfall on her first day of filming but in January this year she suddenly left the show. The reasons given was the tiring trips caused by commuting from her home in Dublin to Manchester.
The super injunction applies only in the UK and does not affect Irish media outlets.
McLynn and Trefall in character as Libby Croker and Frank Gallagher in Shameless