Tuesday 12 December 2017

Red Rock star Darren lands plum role in Vikings blockbuster

Darren Cahill
Darren Cahill
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

One of the stars of TV3's Red Rock has just landed a major role in the blockbuster series Vikings.

Tallaght native Darren Cahill (25) has gone from playing the baby-faced cop killer Davey Webb to taking on the role of the shaggy-haired son of fellow Irish actor Moe Dunford.

One of the biggest shows ever made here, the Herald can reveal that Darren will take on the part of Aethelred in Vikings.

Although there's only a few years between them in real life, the Dubliner will play the son of Aethelwulf, who's portrayed by 28-year-old Dunford. Filming started recently on the fifth series of the hit historical drama, which pulls in an average viewership of 4.2 million in the US alone.

Travis Fimmel
Travis Fimmel

Made by the History Channel and boasting a budget of more than €20m per series, Cahill has just started work on the show, which films in Ashford Studios, Co Wicklow.

"It's been going really well," he told the Herald.

"It's great getting to work with an amazing cast and crew on such a prestigious show."

The first-ever scripted series made for the worldwide channel, it follows real-life figures such Haraldson and Ragnar Lothbrok, who is played by Australian actor Travis Fimmel (left).

This season will also see the addition of several new faces, including The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Details of who he'll play are being kept tightly under wraps by producers, but he's expected to take on the role of one of the key players in the new season.

The show, created by Michael Hirst, boasts a cast and crew of nearly 500 and represents a massive investment in the Irish TV industry.

Made up of 20 episodes, the new series will air in 2017.


Earlier this year there was an open casting call searching for hundreds of extras to take part in the forthcoming series.

Producers were particularly looking for "sporty types", men with beards and women with naturally-coloured hair for a variety of roles - including archers, farm workers, labourers and whittlers.


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