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Actor Christopher Eccleston of the new Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude at the Dublin premiere of the series at The Mansion House, Dublin

Actor Christopher Eccleston of the new Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude at the Dublin premiere of the series at The Mansion House, Dublin

Actor Christopher Eccleston of the new Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude at the Dublin premiere of the series at The Mansion House, Dublin

Christopher Eccleston, star of Sky Atlantic's new drama Fortitude, said he loved working with Dublin-born Michael Gambon on the show.

The show, which premiered at the Mansion House last night, is set around the town of Fortitude in the Arctic Circle, which is the safest town in the world until something awful happens.

The show also stars Game of Thrones Irish actor Richard Dormer (who was late to last night's premiere due to a delayed flight), Stanley Tucci and Luke Treadaway.

"Michael [Gambon] is incredible, I've seen him on stage in three different roles and he's the greatest actor I've seen on stage," said Eccleston (50), famous for his former role as Dr Who.

Meanwhile, he said that new project Fortitude will be a launchpad for his co-star Richard Dormer's career.

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"This show is going to make Richard a star - he's a great actor and a brilliant writer," he told the Herald. "Filming in Iceland was great, for the first time in a long time it didn't snow when it was supposed to, so we had to bring in fake snow," he said.

"It was beautiful, the Icelandic people were amazing - it was incredible."

Luke Treadaway - one of the stars of Angelina Jolie's film, Unbroken - also stars in the new drama as a young student who arrives in the town to research polar bears before something shocking happens that turns his life upside down.

He also spoke of his awe of Gambon (74).

"I didn't have many scenes with Michael but just having the chance to have dinner with him and hear stories of when he first auditioned for Sir Laurence Oliver at the National Theatre back in the '50s or '60s was incredible," he added.

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