Paul Mescal’s latest TV project The Deceived aired on Channel 5 last night, and fans are already swooning over his character.
The 24-year-old stars alongside Emmett Scanlan in the four-part psychological thriller, and Paul plays local fireman McKeough – a confidante to lead character Ophelia.
After the show’s first episode aired last night, viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the new series – and Paul’s role as a fireman.
— Melissa Iwaszko (@melissajade24) August 3, 2020
— Jessica (@Jessicalfx) August 4, 2020
paul mescal playing a fireman in the deceived…this is what we wanted
— amber (@IiIysfiIm) August 3, 2020
As if Paul Mescal needed to be made any more desirable, we now get to hear him with a northern accent. ???? #TheDeceived
— Christopher Moore (@Moore_27Chris) August 3, 2020
Paul Mescal as an Irish speaking fireman YES PLS #TheDeceived
— Laura Ní Bhógáin (@LauraBogan) August 3, 2020
— Ciara Collins (@MrsCiaraCollins) August 3, 2020
— Deirdré Boyle (@Deirdrexo) August 3, 2020
The Deceived follows Ophelia, played by Emily Reid, as she embarks on an affair with her handsome lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan (Emmett Scanlan).
The thriller also stars Catherine Walker as Dr Callaghan’s wife Roisin, Eleanor Methven as Mary Mulvery, and Ian McElhinney as Michael’s father Hugh.
The series was created and written by Derry Girls’ Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer, and was filmed in Northern Ireland and Cambridge.
Paul filmed the series right after he wrapped shooting Normal People last year.
During a previous interview, the Maynooth native 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.”
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