'Despite Red Rock success, I'm still chasing work' - Chris Newman
Published 10/08/2016 | 07:37
Red Rock might be making waves across the Irish Sea, but for star Chris Newman the search for work is never ending.
Dubbed 'Detective Dishy' after he first appeared on the hit TV3 soap last year, the former Love/Hate actor set pulses racing when he turned up in Red Rock as Detective Rory Walsh.
But despite the drama's success over at the BBC, where it has won more than a million new viewers, the Dubliner said that while the show was off the air he was a "regular out-of-work actor".
"It's a lifestyle I'm well used to at this point," he told the Herald.
"We've got a killer schedule when shooting, 7am to 7pm, so it's nice to get away from work for awhile … but I'm still doing auditions every other week.
"Like everyone else, I'm always excited and scared when I hear the phone ring for the call back."
Launched on TV3 last year, the first 80 episodes of Red Rock's first series were turned into 40 longer episodes for the BBC.
Streaming service Amazon Prime also bought the rights to the soap in the US.
"The show has been going down great both here and in the UK, and lately we've been hearing nothing but positive stuff," said Chris.
"It's nice to know you're getting the recognition… it is a great boost and really keeps you going and working hard."
Asked about a move to Britain, Chris said he was "very happy" with how things were going in Ireland.
"I've been acting for 15 years and I'd done a lot of good parts in big things but there were also smaller roles.
"[But] this is first time I've really been able to act every day and it's given me a lot of confidence," he said.
"There are lots of great things happening here but, of course, as an actor I go wherever the work is."
Speaking at the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation's new Mobile Health Unit, Chris urged people to take advantage of the charity's free blood-pressure test.
"It's a silent killer and people need to realise that. Just because you don't look sick, doesn't mean you're healthy.
"If the unit is in your area, go out and get tested. It could safe your life," he said.
The Mobile Health Unit will operate all year round and travel the country offering free tests.