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Normal People's Fionn O'Shea: Would I like to fall in love the way that Connell and Marianne do? Of course!

Fionn O'Shea tells Maggie Armstrong about playing the universally disliked Jamie in Normal People, new movie Chasing Amber and shooting sex scenes

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Actor Fionn O'Shea

Actor Fionn O'Shea

Actor Fionn O'Shea

Fionn O'Shea is walking, slightly dazed by the sun, towards a shuttered cafe on an empty street in a coastal village. We wave awkwardly from our two-metre vantage and it all feels very 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'

The toast of Normal People, Handsome Devil and now a new film, Dating Amber, has been self-isolating in a place in Brittas Bay in Co Wicklow since he returned from London in early March. Neither of us has met anyone we don't live with for months. We need haircuts.

But while he's been hiding out with actor Lola Petticrew (who is cooking all his meals, he later tells me), screen Fionn is massifying. In two heartfelt coming-of-age films, 2017's Handsome Devil (now on Netflix) and the brand new Dating Amber, written and directed by David Freyne, O'Shea plays not dissimilar schoolboys struggling to accept themselves.