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Actor David Caves as SilentWitness’s Jack Hodgson

Actor David Caves as SilentWitness’s Jack Hodgson

Actor David Caves as SilentWitness’s Jack Hodgson

A Belfast actor is setting pulses racing in his first TV role — playing a maverick forensic scientist in hit drama Silent Witness.

Following in the footsteps of award-winning Londonderry actress Amanda Burton, David Caves has taken a lead role in the long-running BBC crime thriller series.

He recently debuted as the tall, dark and handsome Dr Jack Hodgson — and is already proving a hit with viewers.

The part of Dr Hodgson wasn’t originally written as a Northern Irish character, but David’s accent went down so well with the production team, they changed it. After treading the boards for many years — including recently playing Petruchio in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Taming Of The Shrew — swapping the stage for the Lyell Centre set has been a challenge, but one he is clearly relishing.

“My first day on set was a mixture of absolute sheer terror and excitement and disbelief that I was actually with Emilia Fox and Will Gaminara doing Silent Witness,” David said.

Filming on series 16 of Silent Witness started in April last year and the first episode was screened on BBC One last week.

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ance fans of the long-running drama took to the internet to share their thoughts on the “straight-talking and disarmingly quick-witted” character, describing him as “supremely talented” and “beautiful”.

His Silent Witness character is a forensic science expert with a penchant for cage fighting, and the young actor says he is enjoying playing “a bit of maverick” that’s “a little bit rough around the edges”.

“I suppose he’s quite challenging,” David said.

“He comes into this well set up establishment and maybe sort of ruffles a few feathers initially. There is a bit of mystery surrounding him.”

See David Caves in Silent Witness on BBC One tonight at 9pm.

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