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We couldn’t have a Northern Ireland issue without honouring the incredible work in both film and television that’s being achieved up north. Roe McDermott has the low-down on the respected veterans and rising stars that hail from Belfast and beyond, as well as giving you the skinny on the biggest and best projects being produced in northern Ireland.
Roe McDermott, 26 Jul 2012
Becoming an almost ubiquitous presence in both Irish and international drama, Belfast actor Martin McCann has proven that being Bono was merely the starting point on his journey to success! Coming from the humble beginnings of the Divis Flats area of Falls Road in Belfast, McCann’s talent and passion saw him quickly rise up the ranks to achieve huge success. Having played the Irish rockstar in Killing Bono, McCann has also starred in Richard Attenborough’s Closing The Ring and the Warner Brothers International hit Clash Of The Titans. And proving that no hard work goes unrewarded, last year McCann beat out actors as accomplished as Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson to win Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards for his performance in Swansong. McCann also has extensive theatre work, including roles in Anthony & Cleopatra, Clockwork Orange and To Be Sure. His forthcoming features include Kieran Walsh’s Jump, James Marsh’s IRA thriller Shadow Dancer, Terry George’s comedy Whole Lotta Sole and the forthcoming television series Titanic: Blood and Steel.
No offence to Harry Potter fans, but we were far more enchanted by the magical performance of this Armagh native than we ever were by Mr. Radcliffe. The 26-year-old played the lead role in the BBC television series Merlin, a role that earned him many awards and accolades. He also appeared in Doctor Who, which earns him serious cool-geek credit in our books. Having trained as a theatre actor, this handsome fella is remaining true to his roots by doing a lot of stage performances, making regular appearances in the Royal Court Theatre and the Young Vic. However, fear not, you can also see him in your living-room – so to speak. Last year he gave a beautiful performance in the Irish drama Parked opposite Colm Meaney, playing the homeless but charming drug addict Cathal, and also starred in the drama Island alongside Natalie Press. Both films are available on DVD now, and with several projects in the pipeline, we expect to be seeing much more of this young actor in the next year!