Jamie Dornan is set to reunite with the creator of The Fall for a new BBC Two drama Death and Nightingales which is set in Northern Ireland.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star said he is "thrilled" to work with Allan Cubitt again on the new three-part series which is based on Irish writer Eugene McCabe's County Fermanagh-set novel.

Death and Nightingales is described as a drama "about love, betrayal, deception and revenge".

Cubitt will adapt the TV drama from McCabe's book as well as direct the episodes.

Matthew Rhys will also star in the new BBC Two drama

Dornan will lead the series alongside The Americans star Matthew Rhys.

Kissing Candice and Red Rock star Ann Skelly will also star in the series which is set in the countryside in Fermanagh in 1885 over a tense 24-hour period.

Kissing Candice star Ann Skelly for Death and Nightingales

Skelly will play Beth Winters, a young woman who is celebrating her 25th birthday and decides to join the charming Liam Ward (Dornan) to escape her limited life and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Rhys).

She commented: "Playing such a strong character as Beth Winters is truly an actor's dream, and a fantastically intense challenge to be given the opportunity to play.

"And to get to work with such brilliant actors like Matthew and Jamie, and a director like Allan Cubitt, is just surreal to me. I can't wait to start!"

Dornan said of his role: "I'm thrilled to be reunited with Allan and his brilliant scripts to play such an intriguing character like Liam Ward and to return to Northern Ireland and BBC Two." 

The 36-year-old Northern Irish star was recently revealed to have been cast in the action thriller Borderland, which will focus on the conflict between the IRA and the British government in the '70s.