Barry Keoghan has taken the acting world by storm in recent times, with his performance in The Banshees of Inisherin bringing his talents to a whole new audience. The Dubliner would be nominated for an Academy Award for that performance, and while he did not claim the gong, his career is only like to hit further heights in the years ahead.
Of course, he is someone that has been well known to the Irish public for a number of years.
He first came to many people's attentions after his appearance in Love/Hate, playing a memorable role of Wayne, a misguided youth who becomes entangled in the organised crime world.
While he has been better known for his movie roles in recent times, Keoghan is now set to join the cast of one of the most popular televisions shows in recent times. Coincidentally, it is a title that has been compared to Love/Hate in the past.
Barry Keoghan joins cast of hugely popular Netflix show
Top Boy has been one of the best shows on Netflix for quite some time, with the streaming giant reigniting the title that had originally been shown on Channel 4 a number of years ago.
It is set on the fictional East London estate of Summerhouse, following the gangs that engage in the drug trade in the area and the often deadly consequences of their actions.
The third and final season of the show is set to be released on Netflix on September 7th, with Barry Keoghan added to the cast. As well as that, another former Love/Hate star in Brian Gleeson will also have a role to play.
We were given a first glimpse at his presence in the show in the trailer below.
Netflix summarises the third season as:
Sully’s actions at the end of the last series have rewritten his business rules with Dushane. As new shared problems arise, everything they've built comes under threat from forces outside and within their empire. Can they coexist by the rules of the road they’ve lived by their whole lives in a world that is changing before them? Or can there only be one Top Boy?
It should make for an exciting final season.
The show was created by Belfast native Ronan Bennett, who revealed how Keoghan got involved:
Sometimes you can’t believe your luck. I was writing an Irish part for the final season of Top Boy when Barry Keoghan got in touch to say he was a huge fan of the show and could he be in it.
I know Barry knocks on doors when there’s a project he is passionate about, and I was only too happy to open this one. Barry brings intensity and authenticity to everything he does and we were delighted when he came on board.
Our next job was to find the right actor to hold his own alongside Barry as his partner in crime. In Brian Gleeson we found that and much, much more. He is a remarkable actor, and, as audiences will see, together he and Barry make a very menacing duo.
Keoghan has played similar roles in the past and is sure to put in a star turn as Top Boy draws to a close.
We are very much looking forward to seeing how he slots into the various ongoings in Summerhouse.