Normal People star Paul Mescal has said that he is hoping to start work on a top-secret film once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The Kildare actor told Closer magazine: ''I kind of half know, although I'm definitely not allowed to say, but hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be going and working with people that I absolutely adore and have adored for quite a number of years. I'll be really excited if that manages to happen."

On the likelihood of a second series of Normal People, Mescal said: "I think the truthful answer is no - there's no talk as it stands. But I'd love to play Connell again. It's tricky - I think sometimes the mistake has been made where you rush back into something because an audience has liked it."

Paul Mescal as Connell and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne in Normal People

"I would probably wait for Marianne [the character played by Daisy Edgar-Jones] and Connell to enter another phase in their life, get a little bit older and figure out what they mean to each other," he added. "I personally think you have to let them get a bit older before you jump into another series."

Mescal will be coming to our screens again soon in a new Channel 5-Virgin Media One drama, The Deceived.

The four-part series is about a student who has an affair with her lecturer and is set in Cambridge and Donegal. Mescal plays a friend of the student.

The Deceived was co-written by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer. It is due on Virgin Media One in Ireland later in the year.