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Gabriel Byrne to film e9m TV series in Dublin

OSCAR-nominated actor Gabriel Byrne will be going back to his Dublin roots this month when he starts filming on a new €9m 'super-sleuth' series for the BBC.

The acclaimed actor (62), who now lives in New York with his family, but originally hails from Crumlin, will be working on the new project just a few miles away from his childhood home.

He is taking a starring role in Quirke, which is being filmed at the historic Clancy Barracks in Islandbridge near Heuston Station.

The actor has spent the past month shooting final scenes for the History Channel mini-series Vikings in Wicklow, before moving to Dublin's city centre to begin shooting on November 19.


The show is a co-production between BBC Drama Production and Dublin-based Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions

And the authentic cobbles and historic houses of Clancy Barracks were deemed to be the perfect backdrop for 1950s Dublin.

Quirke sees Byrne take on the role of a Dublin pathologist of the same name.

Based on the Benjamin Black series by John Banville, the books have been adapted by Conor McPherson.

Over the course of the three-part series, the pathologist uncovers the layers of his own tangled family history as he attempts to make amends with his estranged daughter.

The Herald can reveal that a casting call has gone out from producers looking for thousands of extras to rub shoulders with Byrne and appear in the big-budget drama series.

An open casting day for adults takes place on Tuesday between 11am-7pm at the Mont Clare hotel on Merrion Street Lower.