Stephen Graham has said starring in Emmy-award winning show Boardwalk Empire is his "dream job".
The British actor met director Martin Scorsese when he appeared in Gangs Of New York, and was delighted to be cast by the director as Al Capone in the award-winning HBO series.
Stephen said: "It's a treat to play Al Capone. It's a dream job. It's a job you think you're never going to get but once I got that phone call from Martin Scorsese it was like Christmas morning."
The series, which stars Steve Buscemi as a Prohibition-era politico in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has already won seven Emmy awards for categories including art direction, picture editing and make-up, and is in line for more at the main Emmy show, hosted by Jane Lynch of Glee.
The second series is set to premiere in New York later this month.
Stephen, 38, also appears among the all-star ensemble British cast in the new film adaptation of John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, which includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and John Hurt.
Stephen revealed it was like being called up to play football for his country.
He said: "To use an analogy, if you were a footballer it's like getting a phone call from Fabio Capello so it was absolutely fantastic.
"It's just an absolute honour to be working with your peers who you respect and admire."