Category Archives: Canada
A few months ago I made the move from Belfast, Ireland to Vancouver B.C., and I’m really delighted that making that decision is starting to pay off. Recently I’ve been working on the legendary TV show Supernatural.
It’s a show close to my own heart as my Mum used to binge watch it while she was going through chemotherapy – so you can imagine she was excited as I was when I got the gig!
Here’s a little promo to whet your appetite before it airs this Thursday.
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!
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!
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!
To Lose Control will have launch screenings for cast, crew, friends and family. The amount of help and support that people and companies have given this project has been overwhelming and I would just like to say a big thank you for all of it!
As you’ve probably heard before the seeds were sown on this project around this time 2 years ago and 6 months ago, after a long week, we finished principal photography.
This for me is definitely one I’m very proud to be involved with: to collaborate with someone on such a personal project was an honour and I hope I’ve done the material justice.
Here’s a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video for a bit of an insight into the production:
The screenings will take place on Friday at 5.30pm sharp at Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast and at the Moviehouse Dublin Road at 10.30am. If you would like to attend any of these they are both FREE, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and RSVP.
Hope to see you all there!
Next week sees the airing of SOS: The Titanic Inquiry. It will be broadcast on BBC 1 on 16 April at 9.00pm and on RTE 2 on 17 April at 7.00pm.
Produced by Hole In The Wall Gang Ltd for BBC Northern Ireland, this courtroom drama tells the story of the official British inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic and its efforts to ascertain whether the SS Californian ship was in close enough proximity to the doomed vessel to help save some of the 1,517 passengers and crew who lost their lives.
It was shot over five days in the Masonic Hall Belfast and features the talents of Paul McGann (Withnail and I) as well as local actors Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Owen McDonnell (Single Handed).
I will be playing the role of Ernest Gill, an assistant engineer on the SS Californian.
A small newspaper in New England, the Daily Item, printed a shocking story claiming that the Californian had refused aid to Titanic. The source for the story was the ship’s carpenter, James McGregor, who stated that his ship had been close enough to see Titanic’s lights and distress rockets. By sheer coincidence, on the same day, the Boston American printed a story sourced by the Californian’s assistant engineer, Ernest Gill, which essentially told the same story.
It’s something different for this Titanic season as it looks at what happened to the stricken vessel from the vantage point of the courtroom. Keep an eye out for it…
It’s probably my most ambitious role to date, as I take on the character of Royal Marine Chris Draper, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran who is trying to cope with P.T.S.D (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
The film explores the once controversial therapy EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) used for dealing with P.T.S.D, and how family and close friends all become affected by it.
Plans are to have cameras rolling this summer with some locations around Northern Ireland doubling for Afghanistan. Here’s a teaser trailer of what you can expect –
New showreel for 2012! It includes some of what I was up to last year thanks to Marty Stalker at Scattered Images.
There is some exclusive footage from movies that will be out later in the year, including Desecration and Coast.