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'Derry Girls' Star And Instagrammer Michael Fry Cast In Graham Norton Novel Adaptation

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'Derry Girls' Star And Instagrammer Michael Fry Cast In Graham Norton Novel Adaptation

We reported not so long ago about the exciting news that Irish national treasure Graham Norton's debut novel Holding was set for a small screen adaptation on ITV next year.

The excitement continues this week as ITV has revealed the full cast for the upcoming series featuring many the familiar faces from worlds of Irish film, TV and even Instagram!

The story of Holding is centred around Garda Sergeant PJ Collins, described as a gentle but towering man who keeps to himself in the fictional village of Duneen in West Cork. The protagonist is played by Conleth Hill, most famous for his stints on Games of Thrones and Dublin Murders.

Joining Hill in the eery but breath-taking surroundings of West Cork is Father Ted icon Pauline McLynn, Bloodlands star Charleene McKenna, and Siobhan McSweeney who most viewers will recognise for her hilarious recurring role as Sister Michael in Channel 4's Derry Girls.

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Rounding off the principal cast is none other than the legendary Brenda Fricker, aka the first ever Irish woman to win an Oscar for her role in 1989's My Left Foot.

"'I am ecstatic to be part of this wonderful production, in beautiful Skibbereen, and finally not to be playing a mother! Mrs Meany is a bit of a dark horse," teased Brenda Fricker. "She has had a dreadful life but has retained her values, her friendships and most of all her sense of humour, keep a sharp eye on her."

Siobhán McSweeney added: "I cannot think of a better script in a better place with a better cast and crew. I'm in heaven being back in Cork."

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Other familiar faces include Clinton Liberty (Normal People, Handsome Devil), Eleanor Tiernan (Bridget and Eamon), Sky Yang (Halo), Demi Issac Oviawe (The Young Offenders), and Anne Kent (Fair City).

Perhaps the most unexpected name on the cast list is Michael Fry (@bigdirtyfry) who many will be familiar with for viral moments such has his performance of the Nadine Coyle's missing passport fiasco in the style of 00s indie rock songs, or perhaps his many iconic radio spoofs.

Holding will be the Instagram sketch comedian's television debut.

Filming for the series began this summer, with the show set to air on ITV in the UK, and most likely Virgin Media Television here in Ireland later in the year.

Topics: Ireland

Gary Grimes
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