Category Archives: Television
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.
With 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.
I 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 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!
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).
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!
I got the opportunity to work on BBC4’s biopic drama Wodehouse in Exile.
Featuring an all-star cast including Tim Piggot-Smith as PG Wodehouse and Zoe Wanamaker, it tells the story of how the author PG Wodehouse came to face a charge of treason during the Second World War and how this quintessential Englishman, creator of Jeeves and Wooster, became an exile from his own country, never setting foot on English soil again.
The production was aired on BBC4 and was filmed entirely at various locations in Belfast and around the North.
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!