Emmett J Scanlan is no stranger to intense dramas, but he explained how his new show The Tower acted as ‘therapy’ after a difficult stint on Peaky Blinders.
The Irish actor has starred in hit series’ such as The Fall and Gangs of London in recent years, before moving onto his latest role in The Tower, where he will be portraying DI Kieran Shaw.
Before Peaky Blinders, Emmett also took on the challenge of Dublin crime thriller Kin, but he admitted it was his run on Stephen Knight’s Birmingham-based drama was a much tougher experience.
In a recent Q&A, actor Emmett shared: ‘Yeah, first we did Kin, which is beautifully scribed by Peter McKenna but that was five months in Dublin and it was intense. We’re talking about October 2020 at the height of the pandemic.
‘We were being tested and whatever went up your nose felt like it was going up into your brain past your tear ducts. Then we went from that onto Peaky’s season six.
‘That was, dare I say it, even more taxing for me. Thankfully I was offered this as I was coming to the end of my Peaky stint. I was like, “Yeah, absolutely. Let’s do this.”‘
Peaky Blinders is set to return next year after over two years since the gripping season five finale, which saw Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) look set to take his life.
As an ally to the notorious gang, Emmett’s character of Billy Grade is sure to be instrumental to the season six plot, which doesn’t look set to be any lighter than the previous five.
The actor later explained a bit more about his character of Kieran in contrast to his prior roles, adding: ‘I’d come off the back of two jobs that were incredibly taxing both mentally and physically.
‘The idea of doing The Tower which Kieran, who was confident he was strong, he was flirtatious.
‘He showed his vulnerability and I thought that was a thought that was I think that was a much needed, much-needed therapy for me and it was very, a very welcome change to the previous nine months.’
Emmett will star along with Gemma Whelan, Jimmy Akingbola and Tahirah Sharif in the story based on a series of books by former Met police officer, Kate London.
The Tower begins on Monday, November 8 at 9pm on ITV.