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Irish actor Emmett Scanlan lands warrior role in 'bad ass' ITV adaptation of Beowulf

Elaine McCahill

Published 14/09/2015 | 07:46

Emmet Scanlon as Saul in AD The Series
Emmet Scanlon as Saul in AD The Series
Emmett Scanlan in The Fall
Emmett J Scanlan with his awards for Best Actor and Best Bad Boy
Inside Soap Awards 2011...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Bronagh Waugh and actor Emmett J Scanlan from Hollyoaks with his Best Newcomer Award during the Inside Soap Awards 2011 at Gilgamesh on September 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)...E

Dublin actor Emmett Scanlan has landed a role in ITV's upcoming adaptation of Beowulf.

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The former Hollyoaks star was recently named "one to watch" by film bible Variety and his career is firmly on the rise.

Over the past few years he has appeared in the likes of The Fall, US drama AD and Hollywood blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.

Now the Clontarf native will play a wild warrior in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands.

His character - Skellan, the Warfather of the Wulfing Raiders - is said to be "an imposing and formidable leader, who will do whatever it takes to secure victory in battle".

Dangerous

The series is filming in the UK and will be on screens next year.

The 13-part drama is said to be "a re-imagining of the classic poem, and is set in the mythical Shield Lands, a dangerous place populated by both humans and fantastical creatures".

Emmett J Scanlan with his awards for Best Actor and Best Bad Boy
Emmett J Scanlan with his awards for Best Actor and Best Bad Boy

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The 34-year-old took to Twitter to say he'd seen "a sneaky trailer for the series" and "it looks bad ass".

Inside Soap Awards 2011...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Bronagh Waugh and actor Emmett J Scanlan from Hollyoaks with his Best Newcomer Award during the Inside Soap Awards 2011 at Gilgamesh on September 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)...E
Inside Soap Awards 2011...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Bronagh Waugh and actor Emmett J Scanlan from Hollyoaks with his Best Newcomer Award during the Inside Soap Awards 2011 at Gilgamesh on September 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)...E

"Honoured to be part of the show," he added.

He also told his followers about his tradition "to leave champagne in the fridge for good news that's coming" before adding "today we pop our corks again".

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Emmett will need more champagne in the coming months, as he's set to marry his former Hollyoaks co-star Claire Cooper in New York on New Year's Eve.

The happy couple got engaged on Christmas Eve last year.

While he's busy filming he makes sure to jet back to his hometown as much as possible to spend time with his family.

"When I come back to Dublin, my first port of call is to hang with my family, my daughter. What else is there?" he said.

"They're the most important people in my life - my daughter Kayla makes everything possible, she gives me a reason to get up every morning."

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