Cast revealed for Holding TV series filmed in Cork based on Graham Norton novel

The cast for the upcoming Holding TV series that is being filmed in West Cork has been announced.

Holding is based on the debut novel  by Cork man Graham Norton and is based in a fictional Irish village called Duneen where a local Garda has to deal with a mysterious crime.

Olivier award winning actor, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Dublin Murders, Vienna Blood) plays local police officer Sergeant PJ Collins, a gentle man who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work.

Academy Award winner Brenda Fricker has been cast in the series as Lizzie Meany while Cork’s very own Siobhan MacSweeney, best known for her role in Derry Girls, will play the role of Bríd Riordan.

Holding Conleth Hill Siobhan McSweeney

Also joining the cast are Charlene McKenna (Peaky Blinders, Vienna Blood, Bloodlands), Helen Behan (Elizabeth is Missing, The Virtues, This is England ’90), and Pauline McLynn (GameFace, Father Ted, Angela’s Ashes).

Completing the cast are Clinton Liberty (Handsome Devil, Normal People), Amy Conroy (The South Westerlies), Olwen Fouéré (Beast), Eleanor Tiernan (Bridget and Eamon), Gary Shelford (Belgravia), Lochlann Ó’Meárain (Smother), Sky Yang (Halo), Demi Issac Oviawe (The Young Offenders), Norma Sheahan (Bridget and Eamon), and Anne Kent (Fair City) with Calum Rea, Jane Spollen, Jim O’Donnell, Pat Kinevane, Karl Quinn, Michael Fry, Maria Connolly, Ian Brooker, Abhainn Harrington, Christopher Logan, Molly Logan, Terhas Gleeson, Ivet Corvea, Gary Murphy and Felix Brown.

ITV are developing the four part series which will be directed by Kathy Burke and written by Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan.

Speaking about her role in the series, Brenda Fricker said, ‘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. 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.”

Siobhan MacSweeney said, “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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