Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

The Fall: Colin Morgan set to cast a spell on fans of BBC2's crime thriller

Magic man: actor Colin Morgan will join fellow Ulsterman Jamie Dornan in the award-winning TV drama The Fall
Magic man: actor Colin Morgan will join fellow Ulsterman Jamie Dornan in the award-winning TV drama The Fall

Former Merlin star Colin Morgan is to add a touch of magic to BBC2's crime thriller The Fall.

The 28-year-old Armagh actor will play DS Tom Anderson, an officer involved in the hunt for serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan).

Morgan will join the cast, currently filming in Belfast, for the final three episodes of the second series and his character will work closely with Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson.

Speaking about his new role on the Bafta-nominated show, Morgan said: "I'm delighted to be joining the cast of The Fall for what is going to be an exciting second series. Allan Cubitt has written exceptional material and I feel privileged to be working with him."

Morgan's arrival on the show comes just days after it received two Bafta nominations for series one. The Fall has been nominated for Best Mini Series and Jamie Dornan is in the running for the Leading Actor.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Morgan was a prolific stage actor before joining the cast of BBC1's prime-time fantasy series Merlin. He played the young wizard until the popular series came to an end in 2012. He also starred in the Irish crime drama Quirke, alongside Gabriel Byrne.

Morgan has won a number of awards for his acting, including the Variety Club Showbiz Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2008 and a National Television Award for Best Male Drama Performance last year.

He is the latest Northern Irish actor to join the cast, which also includes Niamh McGrady, Bronagh Waugh, John Lynch, Gerard McCarthy, Seainin Brennan and Brian Milligan.

The Fall has been a major ratings winner for BBC2, as well as garnering critical acclaim. Fans are eagerly awaiting the return of a second series.

Jamie Dornan recently picked up two gongs at the Irish Film and Television Awards for his role as the serial killer.

He won Best Actor and Best Rising Actor. The Fall was also a surprise winner in the Best Drama section when it usurped the much-loved Love/Hate.

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