Wednesday 7 December 2016

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne set to star in hit Netflix show

Published 23/05/2016 | 16:52

Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne is set to star as Pope Gregory X in the second season of Marco Polo on Netflix.

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The Dublin-born star has played roles as the devil and as a priest, but never before as a Pope.

Expanding his religious know-how even further, Byrne trained for five years to be a Catholic priest.

"I’ve always been kind of fascinated by Papal history, and the Janiston play, the Pope doesn’t come up everyday,” he said of the new role.

“I mean I’ve played the devil, played a priest but you know to play the Pope is an interesting segway. So I was very happy to be part of it. And it’s a huge production, a gigantic crew, so the idea of joining a huge enterprise like this, was interesting.”

The series is based on explorer Marco Polo’s adventures in 13th Century China.

Marco Polo Season 1 is available to watch on Netflix now. Season 2 launches on July 1st.

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