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Jonathan kept busy with the Byrds and the Bees

his television programme Dracula may have been axed, but Jonathan Rhys Meyers has plenty of work to keep him busy.

The Cork native has signed up to lead the cast in forthcoming political thriller Stonewall, as well as feature in romantic drama Byrd and The Bees.

Jonathan returned to work in front of the camera last year after a lengthy absence from the screen, and the 36-year-old has been in demand among movie producers since.

Taking a break from the TV industry following completion on the critically acclaimed The Tudors, he made his comeback in Sky's Dracula, a 10-part re-telling of Bram Stoker's famous novel.

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It saw him share the spotlight with LA-based Victoria Smurfit, Game of Thrones' Nonso Anozie and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Although it was cancelled after just one season in May, it seems Jonathan's busier than ever.

He is currently filming Stonewall, about a young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots in the US in 1969.

And he has just signed a contract to work on Byrd and The Bees, due to begin shooting in September.

Jonathan will portray Gavin McDermott in the flick, which centres on struggling author Rebecca Byrd's impromptu trip to Scotland, where she ends up living the most romantic story she's never written. It will be released in cinemas next year.

As a result of his commitments with Byrd and The Bees, Jonathan had to bow out of director Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture, a silver screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry's hit novel.

He was lined-up to play a major part in the project, being produced by Noel Pearson. Jonathan, who came to prominence after his minor role in the Michael Collins biopic, is on board for the next instalment of The Mortal Instruments and will reprise his role of Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, the second of the fantasy franchise.

Portlaoise-born Robert Sheehan starred opposite Jonathan in the first movie, however it has yet to be confirmed if the Love/Hate heartthrob will appear in the next blockbuster.

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