Tuesday 19 September 2017

Moe's the main man - Waterford native Moe Dunford lands lead role in bloodthirsty TV saga

Irish actor Moe Dunford is certainly clocking up the acting roles: he has landed a lead role in the History Channel’s blood thirsty saga Vikings.
Irish actor Moe Dunford is certainly clocking up the acting roles: he has landed a lead role in the History Channel’s blood thirsty saga Vikings.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

From the flame haired tresses of Blaithnaid Ni Choifaigh to the golden locks of Norse Gods, Irish actor Moe Dunford is certainly clocking up the acting roles.

The Waterford native, who previously starred alongside Blaithnaid in TG4 drama Crisis Eile, has landed a lead role in the History Channel’s blood thirsty saga Vikings.

Moe will play the part of Aethelwulf; The Prince of Wessex in the drama which has received rave reviews and solid ratings in the States. He says shooting the series was an enjoyable and educational experience.

“It was amazing,” he told The Herald. “I learnt how to ride a horse – which means I don’t have to lie about it on my CV anymore,” he laughed. 

“I was in my element in the outdoors getting mucky, flying around fields, filming battle scenes. You got to be a big kid again.”

Moe will join other striking ingénues and hunky heartthrobs on screen; model Amber Jean Rowan, Aidan Turner’s other half Sarah Greene, Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel and model Carl Shabaan all feature in the gritty and gruesome series.   

But 26-year-old Moe was most excited about sharing the screen with Batman Begins star Linus Roache. “Linus plays my dad; King Ecbert of Wessex in the show. When I first heard his name I imagined this burly farmer from the midlands but then I realised he was Batman’s dad – Thomas Wayne. That’s one to tell the kids.”

The broody actor, who starred in Game of Thrones, will also appear in Rough Magic’s upcoming theatre show Assassins running at the Project Arts Centre from December 5-14.

The black comedy looks at the nine men and women who killed, or tried to kill, American presidents, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

“I play John Hinckley,” Moe said. “He watched Taxi Driver fell in love with Jodi Foster and tried to kill Ronald Regan. I think he was a bit of a lost puppy – he didn’t know how to love.”

Acclaimed director Ronan Phelan is directing the Stephen Sondheim's classic. “It’s a brilliant show and the director Ronan Phelan is a joy to work with,” Moe said. 

Moe, who played Niall in RTE’s kitchen drama Raw, will also star in Terry McMahon’s film Patrick’s Day which is due for release next year.

(The Herald)

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