Irish stars including Ripper Street's Charlene McKenna and The Young Offenders' Chris Walley have been cast opposite James Nesbitt in the BBC's new Belfast-set thriller, Bloodlands, with Omagh director Pete Travis behind the lens.

Filming has already begun in the city, with the cast also including Kathy Kiera Clarke (Derry Girls, The Pale Horse), Lorcan Cranitch (Fortitude, The Dig), Lisa Dwan (Top Boy, Trust), Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls, Game of Thrones), Lola Petticrew (A Bump Along the Way, My Left Nut), Michael Smiley (Luther, Death and Nightingales) and Susan Lynch (Happy Valley, Save Me).

Teasing the plot for Bloodlands, the BBC said: "When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance. 

Charlene McKenna as Detective Sergeant Niamh McGovern in Bloodlands

"Bloodlands follows his hunt for the legendary assassin known as 'Goliath', an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher."

The series is executive produced by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and is the first original drama series commission from new writer Chris Brandon. 

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