Category Archives: Lead role
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!
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.
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!
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!
Here’s the synopsis and trailer of the movie…
After nearly ten years of military service including operations in several war zones, a former elite soldier Chris Draper struggles to deal with P.T.S.D. after leaving the armed forces. He decides to find a cure and explores a once controversial treatment of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing before he loses control completely.
We started on Monday and the biggest task was to make a quarry outside Newcastle Co. Down look like a military compound in Afghanistan. We were very lucky to have Jim Sherrard as part of the team, as he did an awesome job recreating “JTAC Hill” (or Hamburger Hill as I liked to call it).
When the cameras rolled pyrotechnics just kept coming and with two large speakers blasting out war effects we definitely got a feel and taste of war.
After Monday’s actual explosions the rest of the week was full of emotional ones, and they were probably the hardest to shoot. On various locations, and with a great supporting cast and crew, we made it to the therapy with Maggie Cronin, one of the stars from Terry George’s Oscar-winning film The Shore.
This has definitely been one the best experiences of my career and it should be a rollercoaster of a ride for the audience when it’s released. I just wanted to finish off by saying a big thank you to everyone involved – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Anyone following me on Twitter may have read some bizarre tweets towards the end of March – ‘Another day chasing aliens in Carrickfergus’, for instance. No, I hadn’t gone mad, but in fact was filming a BBC sci-fi sitcom pilot called V SIGN.
V SIGN follows a group of human survivors fighting off the universe’s most incompetent alien invasion force. I’m playing the role of Neil, one of the hapless group fending off the aliens.
The pilot was filmed in Northern Ireland by production companies Retort and Green Inc. It was written by Steve Turner (Tracy Beaker) and directed by Ed Tracy (Fonejacker, Facejacker).
The old saying goes “If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves“… you could apply this to the short film I worked on last year, 2p, as it has been selected by the The Arizona Film Festival this year.
From its small budget and a lot of heart from the cast and crew, 2p is certainly reaping its rewards.
Well done to everyone involved and a big thanks to producer Larry Cowan (Lamb Films) and Director Will Maloney for letting me play the role of Billy!
Keep an eye for 2p coming to festival near you soon!
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…