Smother star Niamh Walsh has joined the cast of The Sandman, Netflix's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman comic series of the same name.

Author Gaiman, who is executive producing the series, has described The Sandman as "a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven".

It follows "the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic - and human - mistakes he's made during his vast existence".

Walsh will play Ethel Cripps "a betrayed and determined young woman seeking to survive", with the present-day version of the character - "a woman of a hundred identities and a thousand lies" - set to be portrayed by Joely Richardson.

The cast of The Sandman also includes Vivienne Acheampong, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Tom Sturridge and David Thewlis.

The series is currently in production.

Smother is available to watch on the RTÉ Player.

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