Category Archives: Belfast

The seamless, frictionless life of a Soft Border Patrol…

3963077F-025C-44E8-AEF2-3A3F9E9A031FWith the airing of new BBC1 comedy Soft Border Patrol next weekend (Friday 2 March 2018) this is probably the most excited – along with the most nervous! – I’ve been about a show on which I have worked.

I play one of the leads in the mockumentary (produced by The Comedy Unit), about how a ‘soft border’ may look and function with Brexit.

The show is mostly improvised (hence my nervousness!) with our team of hapless patrollers being thrown into unconventional scenarios that arise from day-to-day crossings of the soft border.

46B143A9-8DD5-4F50-BD82-53C43F11C79EI play Kris Davies, a new dad with an apolitical nature who just wants to see everyone get along. My Patrol partner is Ben McGregor (played by Michael Condron), a outdoorsy, country-music lovin’ man… who still lives with his mum.

There are a few other familiar faces you may recognize from Hollyoaks, The Fall and Game of Thrones. Watch out for  local comedians Neil Delamere and Alan Irwin, and Karen Hassan and Diona Doherty, who recently appeared in Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls as no-nonsense Katya.

Soft Border Patrol airs this Friday at 10.35pm on BBC1 NI but people elsewhere can watch it on Sky channel 953/979 Virgin channel 863.

I hope you enjoy the chaos, give us a follow on Twitter @real_SBP & check out the BBC website Soft Border Patrol page for some exclusive footage before it airs.

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Fractured City…

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.image

This film has exceeded all expectations with a successful film festival run and the director picking up a Royal Television Society award.

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This Fall…

imageEarly 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 FallI 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!

Galavant

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!

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And on Sunday 17th of January, I’m going to be starring in episode 5 (Dwarves vs Giants) of hit comedy/musical Galavant, which airs on ABC and is now in its second season.

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, TangledCars), 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!

 

 

HALO: NIGHTFALL…

Halo: Nightfall

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).

A Star Studded High-Rise

imageAs the first images were released for Ben Wheatleys’ screen adaptation of the JJ Ballard novel High-Rise I thought I’d share a bit about my time working on it.

It was probably the most star studded job I’ve ever worked on. I was so glad my wardrobe fitting was before I actually shot something, as I’ll be honest, it was a bit of shock to get introduced to Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men).

Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller & Luke Evans to name a few.

It was a great experience all round – watching Ben Wheatley working with all these top top stars was one of the best masterclasses I’ve had since leaving drama school!

Shooting for Socrates is Here!

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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). image

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.

An update

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.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'MovieThe 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.

Shooting for Socrates

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!

Halo: NightfallIt 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!

Warp Films – 71

imageRecently 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:

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

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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.

It features all the familiar faces from the popular television show, with cameo roles from former Irish rugby international Shane Byrne and broadcaster Joe Duffy.

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is set for release 27th of June 2014. Heres a trailer to keep you going until then!