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Irish Actress Charlie Murphy Cast Opposite John Simm In BBC Drama
18 Sep 2012 : By Eva Hall
Photo: Barry McColl. Irish actress Charlie Murphy
‘Love/Hate’ actress Charlie Murphy has been cast in new BBC series ‘The Village’ alongside Maxine Peak and John Simm.

Waterford-native Murphy, best known for playing Siobhán in RTÉ gangland drama ‘Love/Hate’, will play “headstrong” Martha Lane in the six-part series which is set in an English village, spanning over 100 years.

Murphy, who studied at the Gaiety School of Acting for two years, has been a recurring character in Stuart Carolan’s ‘Love/Hate’ since season one aired in 2010. She has had roles in Irish dramas ‘The Clinic’, and ‘Single-Handed’, as well as landing a guest role on Channel 4 series ‘Misfits’ this year.

The opening episode, set in 1914, will see Murphy’s character enter the village by bus for the first time, only to alter lead character Bert Middleton’s (Bill Jones) life forever.

Middleton is the backbone of the show, with his entire life narrated throughout the series. Simm (State of Play) plays his father John, with Peake (Run and Jump) playing his mother Grace and Nico Mirallegro (Upstairs Downstairs) playing his brother Joe.

Other cast includes Emily Beecham (The Runway); Jim Cartwright (writer of ‘Road’ and ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’); Anthony Flanagan (Being Human); Annabelle Apsion (Shameless); Joe Armstrong (Robin Hood); Matt Stokoe (Misfits); Augustus Prew (The Borgias); and Stephen Walters (The 51st State).

BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat (Silk, Criminal Justice) wrote ‘The Village’, which was commissioned by Ben Stephenson for the BBC. Company Pictures, the production company behind ‘Shameless’ and ‘The White Queen’, is co-producing with the BBC. Antonia Bird (Spooks) and Gillies Mackinnon (Inspector George Gently) will direct.

‘The Village’ will film in the UK’s Peak District later this year with an air date slated for BBC One in 2013. Season three of ‘Love/Hate’ will air on RTÉ One later this autumn.



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