Normal People star Paul Mescal has revealed he was nervous about joining the cast of forthcoming crime drama The Deceived. 

The 24-year-old Kildare native plays Sean McKeough, a local builder, on the Virgin Media One four-part series from Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and her husband, writer and actor Tobias Beer.

Speaking about his second-ever TV job Mescal said that he only had two days off after he finished Normal People before he began work on The Deceived.

He said: "I had two days off after I wrapped filming on Normal People and then I started filming The Deceived. This is my second ever TV role.

"As for whether I was nervous? Totally. I don't have enough experience to feel completely comfortable stepping onto set but everybody was so welcoming and kind on this show.

"The nerves were very much present when I stepped on set on my first day for The Deceived.

"But I'd be worried if that feeling wasn't present because I don't think nerves are necessarily a bad thing."

Filmed in Belfast, The Deceived tells the story of Ophelia (newcomer Emily Reid), a student who "falls in love with her timelessly attractive and charismatic, but married college lecturer, Dr Michael Callaghan (Emmet J Scanlan, Peaky Blinders, The Fall)".

Things take a tragic turn with Ophelia then "trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind". 

Mescal said he picked the project because of his love for Northern Irish comedy Derry Girls.

He said: "I am a massive Derry Girls fan so naturally the first thing that jumped out at me were Lisa and Tobias's names, that is always going to be exciting.

"The fact that this was a psychological drama didn't particularly surprise or confuse me because the standard of the writing in Derry Girls is so good.

"It is hilarious and the quality of the script is so high that I had no trepidation over whether this would work or not."

The Deceived is expected to air in August on Virgin Media One and Channel 5

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