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Colder climes: Robert Sheehan in Sky Atlantic's 'Fortitude'

Colder climes: Robert Sheehan in Sky Atlantic's 'Fortitude'

Robert Sheehan. Picture courtesy of Netflix

Robert Sheehan. Picture courtesy of Netflix

Robert Sheehan with girlfriend actor Sofia Boutella

Robert Sheehan with girlfriend actor Sofia Boutella

Octagon films, which is embroiled in a court battle, produced RTÉ hit Love/Hate starring Ruth Negga and Robert Sheehan

Octagon films, which is embroiled in a court battle, produced RTÉ hit Love/Hate starring Ruth Negga and Robert Sheehan

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Colder climes: Robert Sheehan in Sky Atlantic's 'Fortitude'

Irish actor Robert Sheehan has been cast in a lead role in an upcoming series on Netflix.

The 29-year-old, who shot to prominence on RTE gangland drama Love/Hate, is now based in London and Los Angeles. It was announced that the Laois native would feature in the streaming service's new superhero series Umbrella Academy alongside Merlin's Tom Hopper and stage actress Emmy Raver-Lampman.

The show centres around a dysfunctional family of superheroes, while working together to solve their father's mysterious death. Sheehan plays Klaus, a charming drug addict, who is described as a "classic 'middle child' - a disarming pleaser who is seemingly everyone’s friend, but will rob you blind without thinking twice."

Netflx, which promised to produce even more original content over the next 12 months, seems to be playing off its success of small screen comic book adaptations from its Marvel roster like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, with Fargo's Steve Blackman signed on as executive producer and showrunner.

While Sheehan has been busy working, he is set for a high profile 2018 with the new show and he's also set to appear in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Mortal Engines, based on the series of books by Philip Reeve.

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Octagon films, which is embroiled in a court battle, produced RTÉ hit Love/Hate starring Ruth Negga and Robert Sheehan

Octagon films, which is embroiled in a court battle, produced RTÉ hit Love/Hate starring Ruth Negga and Robert Sheehan

Octagon films, which is embroiled in a court battle, produced RTÉ hit Love/Hate starring Ruth Negga and Robert Sheehan

Sheehan is set to join former Moone Boy and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Ronan Rafferty. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic universe where cities have been turned into mobile machines that compete for resources.

He'll next be seen in the film, Bad Samaritan, in which he plays a burglar, alongside former Dr Who star David Tennant.

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