Red Rock drama beckons for Karl
after Mr World tilt

HE started out in a boyband before going on to become our current Mr Ireland.

Now Dubliner Karl Bowe is tipped for a leading role in a new soap opera.

The Diary can reveal that the 25-year-old Crumlin native is in talks with bosses at Ballymount-based station TV3 to join the cast of their forthcoming week-night drama Red Rock.

"Things are looking very busy for him at the ­moment; he's just come back from competing in the Mr World 2014 in the UK and although he didn't win he made some great contacts," an insider revealed.

"Also he's doing a lot of corporate stuff and various other gigs, but acting is his passion and he's in discussions with the producers of Red Rock," the source added.

Karl (inset) first got a taste of fame when his band Element made it through the initial rounds of The X Factor several years ago.

The rising star is not just a pretty face - Karl has been carving out a career on the big and small screen over the past couple of years in between jobbing as a nightclub bouncer and performing in Christmas pantos.


Lately he's been focusing more of his time on television and landed parts in Jennifer Maguire's RTE comedy The Clinic, as well as a minor role in Penny Dreadful.

The Sky series stars Josh Hartnett in the lead and for Karl it was a lifetime achievement to work with the American heartthrob - one of his acting idols.

"I play a brothel ­owner which was interesting," he told the Diary.

"I briefly got to talk to Josh too - he was so nice and very appreciative of any praise from fans. A real gentleman," he added.