Sunday 22 April 2018

Irish 'Harry Potter' star sued by former agent for €285,000 in commission fees

Devon Murray played the character of Seamus Finnigan
Devon Murray played the character of Seamus Finnigan

Tim Healy

An Irish actor who starred in the 'Harry Potter' film series is being sued by his former agent for €286,000 in commission fees.

Devon Murray (27), who played the character of Seamus Finnigan, is being sued by Neil Brooks, trading as Neil Brooks Management, Cape Town, South Africa.

Devon's parents, Michael and Fidelma Murray, of The Lawn, Oldtown Mill, Celbridge, Co Kildare, are also being sued as their son was a minor when he entered the contract with Mr Brooks in 1998.

In a counter-claim, the Murrays are seeking the return of around €98,000 they say they paid Mr Brooks.

The High Court was told by counsel for Mr Brooks that Devon Murray earned some €1.2m from his roles in the 'Harry Potter' films.

The Murrays told the court they intended to represent themselves.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan adjourned the case to today.

In his action, Mr Brooks says he was appointed sole agent for Devon Murray in October 1998 under an agreement in which he became entitled to commissions of 12.5pc for his film and TV earnings, 15pc from TV commercials and 7pc from theatre work.

It is claimed that in breach of that agreement, the defendants have since in and around August 2005 failed, neglected and refused to make payments falling due.

As of March this year, the total sum due, including interest, is €286,375, it is claimed.

The Murrays deny the claim.

Irish Independent

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