'Hollyoaks' actor Gerard McCarthy joins BBC Two thriller 'The Fall'

Published Mar 16 2012, 16:00 GMT  |  By

Gerard McCarthy at the British Soap Awards

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Gerard McCarthy has joined forthcoming BBC Two thriller The Fall.

Gillian Anderson will star as DSI Gibson, a detective in pursuit of a deadly serial killer in Belfast.

Former Hollyoaks actor McCarthy has now signed up for the project, Digital Spy can confirm.

The Irish star is known for playing Kris Fisher on the Channel 4 soap from 2006 to 2010, and recently joined 12-part period drama Titanic: Blood and Steel.

"I'm very excited about working on The Fall," said McCarthy. "The scripts, by Allan Cubitt, are very special and our director Jakob Verbruggen has assembled a stellar cast of actors."

The BBC's controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson described The Fall as a "rich and complex psychological thriller" and "a unique, forensic and characterful take on a classic genre".

Rehearsals are currently underway on the project, with filming expected to begin next week in Belfast.

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