Aidan Turner is set to star in a new psychological thriller from the makers of Line of Duty and Vigil.
The Poldark star has landed a role in a new five-part series coming to ITV called ‘The Suspect’, produced by World Productions.
According to Variety, the Irish actor will play Dr Joe O’Loughlin, who appears to have the perfect life – a devoted wife, a loving daughter, a successful practice as a clinical psychologist, a media profile and a publishing deal.
Joe has even been hailed a hero, after rescuing a young patient who was ready to jump from the 10th floor of the hospital where he works.
When a young woman’s body is found in a shallow grave in a west London cemetery and police question if she has been murdered or taken her own life, they seek out the doctor’s help and he is only too willing to assist with profiling.
However, the series will uncover if Joe has more to hide and if his work as a clinical psychologist has allowed him to develop a criminal mindset.
Speaking about his new role, Aidan said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the complex and demanding role of Joseph O’Loughlin, a man with so much to give but so much to lose, and a hidden darker side.”
Writer Peter Berry added: “Bringing The Suspect to the screen has been a fantastic and fascinating journey.”
“I hope the audience will find it equally enthralling as they delve the depths of a truly iconic character caught up in a story that will test his faith in his profession, his family and himself.”
The Suspect, which has been adapted from the best-selling novel by Michael Robotham, will be filmed on location in London this autumn.
Small Axe actor Shaun Parkes, Fleabag’s Sian Clifford, Peep Show star Camilla Beeput, Doctor Foster’s Adam James and Vigil’s Anjli Mohindra will also star in the series.