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'It has the ingredients to be a massive hit... and people have no choice but to watch it' - Barry Ward talks Netflix series White Lines

Barry Ward talks to Tanya Sweeney about the Netflix series 'White Lines', improvising with Sharon Horgan in the forthcoming film 'Dating Amber' and how his acting career helped him prepare for lockdown

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Barry Ward with Nuno Lopes in White Lines

Barry Ward with Nuno Lopes in White Lines

Family affair: Lola Petticrew and Fionn O’Shea in Dating Amber. Barry Ward plays Fionn's dad

Family affair: Lola Petticrew and Fionn O’Shea in Dating Amber. Barry Ward plays Fionn's dad

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Barry Ward with Nuno Lopes in White Lines

Timing is everything in acting - and for Barry Ward, his two latest projects have landed at a strangely opportune moment. The Netflix series White Lines - a blackly funny crime drama based in Ibiza - has, thanks to the lockdown, something close to a captive audience. Dating Amber, a comedy film due out next month, is a story about two teenagers' unorthodox relationship and is perfectly poised to capitalise on the success of Normal People. It even features one of that show's stars, Fionn O'Shea, Marianne's sadistic and patronising boyfriend Jamie.

Ward's latest roles follow a star turn in last year's paranormal comedy film Extra Ordinary, but ask him about the variety of parts he has played in recent times, and he will not waffle on about fine-tuning his craft. A dyed-in-the-wool career actor, the Dubliner is more inclined to refer to each project as a 'job', making casual note of how fun or interesting the work was, or how sound the crew were.

The White Lines shoot took him over and back to Spain and "wasn't the most taxing job", he says. The series was the most-watched Netflix show in Ireland and the UK last weekend. Ward knows that, in the current climate, the streaming service's offerings might draw a bigger audience than usual.