Friday 23 March 2018

'Detective Dishy is best thing I've been called', says Red Rock's Chris Newman

Chris Newman in Red Rock on TV3
Chris Newman in Red Rock on TV3

Elaine McCahill

New Red Rock arrival Chris Newman said he's getting used to be called "Detective Dishy".

The former Love/Hate actor recently joined the TV3 soap as Detective Walsh who has been setting pulses racing around town.

"It's definitely my favourite thing I've ever been called," the Dubliner said.

"It doesn't really affect me. It's just nice when people are nice.

Detective Garda Rory Walsh (played by Chris Newman) is the latest detective to join the rank.
Detective Garda Rory Walsh (played by Chris Newman) is the latest detective to join the rank.

"Everyone wants a few compliments from time to time," he added.

Having gone from working on TV dramas and movies, Chris admits it's been tough getting used to the intense schedule of filming a soap.

"We shoot four episodes in each 'block'. Each one lasts ten days and we change director every block," he explained.

"Anyone in the film business will tell you that's an insane amount to shoot every day.

"The workload is unlike anything I'd done before so it took some adjusting to.

"I could get on set at 6am, have eight scenes in a row with loads of dialogue, finish at 7pm then go straight home to learn my scenes for tomorrow.

"We spend so much time together that it's like a second family," he added.

Much has been made of a rivalry between Red Rock and RTE's long-running soap Fair City and Chris said "it's all a bit of craic".

"Fair City have been doing great work for over 20 years and we're very much the new kids on the block so to be nominated for so many IFTAs and win three was incredible," he told Newstalk.

"My good friend George McMahon is in Fair City so there were definitely a few texts exchanged in the build up but it's all a bit of craic."


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