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Cast announced for new thriller The Deceived

Date Posted: November 18, 2019

Filming has begun in Belfast, Northern Ireland on contemporary psychological thriller The Deceived written by Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, Being Human, The White Queen) and Tobias Beer for Channel 5.

New Pictures, the production house behind The Missing and Catherine the Great, are making the four-part drama to air on Channel 5 and Virgin Media Television, Ireland in 2020.

Virgin Media Television, Ireland will be the Irish broadcaster, filming will take place in Northern Ireland with funding support from Northern Ireland Screen, and all3media international is the international partner on the show.

A compelling, sinister narrative of lust, manipulation and betrayal, the central character in The Deceived is English student Ophelia (Emily Reid – Curfew), who falls in love with her married lecturer, seeing in him all the answers to her needs. When their affair results in a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind.

Emmett J. Scanlan (KryptonPeaky BlindersThe Fall) plays the timelessly attractive and charismatic English lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan; Catherine Walker (Shetland, Versailles) plays his wife Roisin, a successful, award-winning fiction writer;  Eleanor Methven (Little Women) plays Roisin’s devoted and sometimes overbearing mother Mary Mulvery; Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls) is Michael’s father Hugh fighting the oncoming tide of dementia; Shelley Conn (Liar) plays Roisin’s best friend Ruth, intelligent and loyal, and Dempsey Bovell (Patrick Melrose) is Michael’s confidante and biggest admirer, Matthew.

Writers Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer say: “We always had a ‘dream cast’ in mind when we began working on the show, but never imagined we would end up with them actually on board. With the brilliant Chloe Thomas directing, we are thrilled to have the story in such gifted hands.”

The Deceived is directed by Chloe Thomas (Harlots, Victoria), produced by Imogen O’Sullivan and executive produced by Charlie Hampton (The Spanish Princess), Charlie Pattinson (Catherine the Great, The Missing), Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer.

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