Sunday 15 December 2019

Irish star Charlie Murphy lands role in Halo TV series

The Showtime series is an adaptation of the video game franchise

Charlie Murphy.
Charlie Murphy.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Peaky Blinders star Charlie Murphy has landed a role in Showtime's new TV series, Halo.

The actress (29), who also starred in RTE's Love/Hate, is over the moon after getting her big break in the US with the coveted role.

Based on the Xbox video game franchise, the 10-part series will also star Danny Sapani and Olive Gray alongside Natascha McElhone and Pablo Schreiber.

The series was first mooted in 2013, but the long-running project is due to begin filming in Budapest later this month with an early viewing date pencilled in for 2021.

Confirming the news on her social media account, a delighted Charlie posted a picture of herself alongside some cast members with the message: "So excited to be a part of this."

The Wexford woman is set to play Makee, an orphan raised by an alien Covenant that harbours a hatred of humans.

She won't be the only Irish member of the cast, as Catastrophe's Kate Kennedy will play a Spartan soldier, Kai-125. The military sci-fi game charting the conflict between humanity and the Covenant alien alliance has sold more than 77 million copies worldwide.

The big-budget production will take the form of a live-action adaptation of the popular video game.

Sapani will star as Captain Jacob Keyes, while Gray will play Dr Miranda Keyes, a UNSC commander, and Schreiber will play Master Chief.

Talented Murphy is originally from Enniscorthy and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting before getting her first major TV role playing Killian Scott's girlfriend Siobhan Delaney in Love/Hate.

One actress whose star is certainly on the ascent, she's currently starring in new Irish film Dark Lies the Island, alongside Pat Shortt.

Co-starring Moe Dunford, it tells the story of three men in a Midlands town all vying for the affections of one woman, Sarah (Murphy).

Directed by Ian FitzGibbon and written by Kevin Barry, it was the black comedy in the script that attracted Murphy.

"We had to trust in letting the words just speak for themselves, really, and not add any colour because it doesn't need anything - that's where the comedy is. And there's a real cruelty in that as well," she said.

"That is the through line with brilliant Irish writers, it seems that they always rub against the dark."

Speaking about her glamorous character in the new film, she said the family "take pride in their appearance and their lavish surroundings."

"They have all the mod cons, but she's a woman who has been around the block when it comes to the Mannions," she said. "She looks after them all in her own way and navigates through tricky terrain in a small town."

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