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It's nice to hunt the killers instead of being one, laughs star Emmett

FROM a psychopathic serial killer to a clean-living cop, Dublin actor Emmett J Scanlan is relieved to be on the right side of the law for once.

The ex-Hollyoaks star is enjoying his freedom since bowing out of the soap as gay serial killer Brendan Brady.

And his next role couldn't be any different – the 34-year-old stars in The Fall, a brand new crime drama from a collaboration between BBC and RTE, which kicks off this Sunday.

The new five-part series follows a crime detective played by former X Files star Gillian Anderson as she hunts down a serial killer terrorising Belfast.

This time Emmett leaves the killer role to Co Down actor Jamie Dornan as he takes on the persona of clean-cut Detective Constable Glen Martin.

"It's very exciting to be involved in The Fall and it's great to play a good guy once in a while, just to mix things up a bit," Emmett told the Herald.

"It's funny because in Hollyoaks I was one of those guys who was hunted down as a killer, in the Fall, I'm a guy who hunts the killers so that's what was extraordinary about it."

Speaking about his character Emmett said: "He's an eager, Jack-the-lad type of guy who has got a soft spot for Gillian Anderson's character."

After two-and-a-half years of playing crazy Brendan, Emmett also starred as a killer sociopath in Irish film Charlie Casanova.

"It's just a gift doing this job because you get to play so many different characters and you get to live so many different lives," he explained.

Overall, Emmett describes his experience on the Fall as "beautiful".

"I feel very blessed and if the reviews are anything to go by it will do well. Just watching some of these actors work is extraordinary," he added.

The Fall airs on RTE 1 at 9.30pm on Sunday.