Category Archives: Actor
I had the privilege of playing the role of William Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, in this show, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History Of Comics. Filmed in Canada earlier this year for AMC, it has been a perfect start to my new career adventure over on that side of the world.
It was an eye-opening experience in more ways than one. I learnt so much of the back-story to the creation of the Wonder Woman character and what went into making one of the most successful comics and such an iconic female character.
Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics is executive produced by Kirkman and David Alpert (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead), Bryan and Sean Furst (Daybreakers, Dice), Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Being Evel) and Rory Karpf (The Book of Manning, Dale).
When asked about this project, Robert Kirkman said in a recent interview:
‘It’s a universe of amazing stories that has been driving pop culture as a whole. Being able to explore the nooks and crannies of this world has allowed me to find out secrets even I didn’t know.’
If you are a comic book fan or have a passing interest you’ll really enjoy this one. It’s currently airing in the USA & Canada but will be available in Ireland & the UK in January!
Fractured City is to be screened at the QFT as part of a charity event, http://www.geraldinesjourney.com, this Saturday at 2pm. I worked on this last year with an amazing cast that included film industry stalwarts like Gerard McSorley & Martin McCann.
I met director Sean Murray after seeing his first short film ‘Coco’. After sharing stories of heading out to places like The Arena and Kelly’s in our youth I was delighted to be offered the role of Sean, uncle of the main protagonist, Paul (played by Ciaran Court).
‘Fractured City’ charts the story of two friends, Paul and Seamy, growing up in Belfast during a period of political turmoil. Belfast in the 1990s could have been mistaken for any other city but the legacy of war ensured otherwise. The new dance culture was kicking in and the raves were doing something that no one had seen before – getting people together. But the drugs that came with it were always going to be a problem. Some groups were selling them, and some were killing you for selling them. After attending a nightclub, the lives of both men change forever after an unfortunate encounter with a leading paramilitary.
This film has exceeded all expectations with a successful film festival run and the director picking up a Royal Television Society award.
Early this year I had the pleasure of working on the final season of one of the most exciting TV shows to be produced here, The Fall. I play the role of Michael Ritchie opposite Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson and Krister Henriksson.
It’s due out later this year, I can’t say too much more other than it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
It’s been a long time since I updated my blog, but I am thankful to report that it’s because I have been busy!
Although Galavant is only shown in America currently, it is filmed in Bristol. I spent a really enjoyable time on-set being directed by Declan Lowney as I played the part of Tim, alongside actors Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones and Nick Frost.
The creative team of screenwriter/executive producers Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled, Cars), Kat Likkel and John Hoberg along with the award-winning musical team of composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Tangled) have produced a show that’s full of laughs and charm, and I’m really delighted to have joined their bank of featured artists alongside Kylie Minogue, Hugh Bonneville and Robert Lindsay.
Tune in if you can!
Working on Halo Nightfall was definitely a job of ‘firsts’ for me.
I got my first experience on a television sci-fi show, first time working with a green screen and first time working on a spaceship! (Yes, you read that right – a spaceship!)
It was very, very different from anything I’ve ever worked on before. I had to have great faith in what I was doing, and remember that I was only a part of a collaborative process in this production.
After seeing the results it has really lit the touch paper in me to do more sci-fi!
Have a look below to see for yourself and see what you think (it’s about 30 seconds in).
This week sees the UK premiere of Shooting For Socrates at the Belfast Film Festival before it goes on general release on 12 June. It’s going to be an exciting night for me personally – not only for the film – but, as a football fan, at the prospect of meeting some of the players who are portrayed in the movie and the fact that the actual World Cup trophy (I’m sure under heavy security) will be in attendance! Shooting for Socrates is a David vs Goliath story set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup. Starring John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Billy Bingham, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Jackie Fullerton and Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments), it tells the story of great days in
Northern Ireland’s football history through the eyes of players, fans and the media.
I play Spud, a die hard fan who, with his partner in crime Wigsy, try everything to follow their heroes to Mexico for the 86 World Cup finals. (Probably like most Northern Ireland fans at the moment who are working out how to get to France 2016).
A rough cut of the film was shown to FIFA delegates last year and it’s a credit to the actors portraying the 86 Northern Ireland team and to David Campbell’s choreography that the delegates thought reconstructions of the 3 games Northern Ireland had were archive footage from the time! Hope to see some of you at the premiere – it’s going to be a great night!!! Tickets for the premiere on 24 April at 8pm can be bought from Belfast Film Festival. Shooting for Socrates goes on general release from 12 June.
My blog has been a bit neglected of late, but I’m delighted to have been busy in the meantime on some great new projects, all of which I’ll write about in the coming weeks.
The world premiere of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie in Dublin was great fun and I really enjoyed meeting up with the cast and crew from the shoot. After a massive opening weekend, with box office records being broken in the UK and Ireland, the film continues to prove popular with audiences.
I attended a screening of Shooting for Socrates at the Galway Film Festival in July. The film, described as a David versus Goliath story of when Northern Ireland met Brazil in the 1986 World Cup, is due to be released later this year. The cast includes John Hannah, Conleth Hill and Bronagh Gallagher and I play ‘Spud’, one of the team’s most devoted supporters!
It was very exciting to be part of the Halo phenomenon, and to film Halo: Nightfall at the start of the summer. Sci-fi is something of a departure from anything I’ve done before, but the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished article.
Finally, having signed with Identity Agency Group earlier this year, it already has proved to be a positive move with a number of successful auditions under my belt since joining them. I’m looking forward to developing my relationship with the agency and really can see exciting times ahead. Stay tuned!
Recently I finished work on Warp Films’ new feature 71, directed by Yann Demange.
The 1971-set film follows a teenage British soldier who has to navigate the dangerous Belfast streets after he is accidentally left behind by his unit.
The original screenplay is written by the award-winning playwright Gregory Burke.
I was delighted to play a role in this highly anticipated feature film and look forward to seeing the final product when it’s released in the UK on 10 October 2014.
Watch the official trailer:
Or check out this clip from the film, released prior to the film’s showing at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year:
Over the last month I’ve been working away on one of the funniest and most brilliant experiences I have ever had the pleasure of working on during my career. Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie was great.
When talking to the BBC website Brendan O’Carroll revealed his joy at filming the show in Dublin: ‘Following the international success of recent Irish films it’s delightful to be bringing Agnes Brown and family back to her rightful home at last. It’s amazing to see Mrs. Brown go from radio to books to plays to television and now to film. It just shows that I know a bandwagon when I see one.’
In the film Agnes Brown finds her livelihood under threat from a ruthless developer and she and her family embark on a campaign to save her stall, aided by a motley troop of blind trainee Ninjas (one of which I play), an alcoholic solicitor and a barrister with Tourettes syndrome.
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is set for release 27th of June 2014. Heres a trailer to keep you going until then!
It’s not very often you get to work on a TV series you love but this week I did as I started work on Ripper Street.
Ripper Street is a BBC TV series set in Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg.
Keep an eye out for me in Season 2 in 2014!