The star of Sky Atlantic’s new show Fortitude, Lisburn actor Richard Dormer, speaks about landing the part on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show. He is centre stage of Sky Atlantic’s new show Fortitude – but Lisburn actor Richard Dormer is still as down to earth as ever.

In an interview with Marie-Louise Muir on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show on Wednesday night, he opened up about landing the role of Dan Anderssen – described as the “big break” in his career.
“It is probably the most fun and exciting thing I have done so far in my career,” said Richard, who also starred in Game of Thrones.

“It is just like suddenly you feel like you are in the big time with all the big guns.”
His co-stars include Academy Award-nominated Stanley Tucci, former Doctor Who Christopher Ecclestone and Singing Detective Michael Gambon, alongside Danish actress Sofie Grabol, star of The Killing.
The show is not even half-way through its 12-part series on Sky Atlantic and already it is a hit with fans.

He said: “I was on the phone to the producer who said the first ratings for it were the highest that Sky Atlantic has ever had for a drama, then they started to slip but that’s normal and after episode 4 I think we are up to around £2m again.

“That is up with Game of Thrones.”

And if things continue to go as they are for the show, a second series may not be far off. Speaking about how he landed the part of Dan, Richard explained how he had initially gone to audition for another part.

“I went down for that part and the next day they called me and said they liked me so much they wanted me to read for the lead,” said Richard. Although he did not initially think he was a good fit for the lead, Richard went for it and the rest is history.

Richard said he had casting director Julie Harkin, a Derry native, to thank for landing the part.
“She said to me, ‘This is even more exciting for me than it is for you to have a Northern Irish man play the lead in the biggest ever British drama’,” he told The Arts Show.

He hinted that following the success of the show there had been a few big offers on the table for other parts but insisted he wasn’t in a rush to take on any old role.”He said: “There’s a couple of things but I am not too keen to jump into another part unless its a really good part. The thing about playing a part like Dam in Fortitude is that it spoils you.

“It is hard to step into something less than that. I am being a bit picky about what to do next.”
But despite what has been described as his big break, the actor said he can still walk around Belfast unnoticed – although he did manage to land a free fish supper.

4 March 2015

Source: Belfastlive.co.uk

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