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How NI actor Cameron Tharma now finds New York a frightening city in wake of protests at death of George Floyd at hands of police

Former footballer Cameron Tharma tells Ivan Little how the coronavirus pandemic has brought the curtain down on his Broadway dreams and how he hopes to return home to rebuild his stage and film career

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Cameron Tharma on stage on Broadway

Cameron Tharma on stage on Broadway

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Protesters in New York over the death of George Floyd who died after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer

Protesters in New York over the death of George Floyd who died after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer

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Protesters in New York over the death of George Floyd who died after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer

Protesters in New York over the death of George Floyd who died after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer

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Cameron in a production of My Own Private Idaho

Cameron in a production of My Own Private Idaho

Cameron in short film Last Day

Cameron in short film Last Day

Jim Dornan with actor son Jamie

Jim Dornan with actor son Jamie

Cameron Tharma

An aspiring young actor and writer from Holywood, who's a family friend of movie star Jamie Dornan and has had his American theatre dream shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, has talked of the fear and tensions that have gripped New York in the wake of riots and protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Cameron Tharma, who says he shares America's outrage at the death of the African American in police custody, has described New York as a 'really frightening place', adding: "The country is truly at a turning point and you can feel it in the air. There's uncertainty everywhere, the atmosphere is highly charged.

"There are police everywhere. I took part in a peaceful protest for six hours in Manhattan on Tuesday but left in time to get home to Brooklyn before the curfew started.