Hunky Normal People actor Paul Mescal stars in trailer for new thriller The Deceived

NORMAL People actor Paul Mescal stars in the trailer for new Channel 5 thriller The Deceived.

The hunk recently gained fans in the role of Connell, as viewers watched hissteamy romps with Daisy Edgar-Jones on the BBC Three series.

Now Paul is set to play the part of McKeough, a local builder who becomes the confidante of a young girl whose affair with her lecturer has disastrous consequences.

The chilling trailer shows Ophelia (played by Emily Reid) in an illicit relationship with a Dr Michael Callaghan – who is portrayed by former Hollyoaks star Emmett J Scanlan.

When the lecturer's wife (Catherine Walker) dies in a house fire, Ophelia's sanity is questioned as she believes her love rival is still alive.

To top things off, Ophelia suspects that she is pregnant with Michael's baby.



The four-part drama is written by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer, with filming taking place across Northern Ireland and Cambridge.

Fans of Derry Girls will also recognise Ian McElhinney in the role of Michael's father, who is suffering from dementia, while his mother is played by Eleanor Methven.

The broadcast date is still to be confirmed but could be as early as next month.

Meanwhile the stars of Normal People have admitted they're yet to celebrate the show's success together due to lockdown restrictions.

The lead actors in Hulu and BBC3’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling book became overnight sensations when the show screened earlier this year.

Daisy and Paul, who play Marianne and Connell, became instant celebrities with their social media followers skyrocketing and even a fan account created for Connell’s neck chain.

However, despite taking part in a host of interviews, sketch performances and photoshoots, the two friends are yet to properly celebrate the show’s triumph face to face due to coronavirus restrictions.


She said of Paul: “Yes! We filmed a comedy sketch a few weeks ago, which was nice.

“I’ve seen so much of Paul Mescal, but it’s been via Zoom, and we’re desperate to celebrate together after going through the whole filming process as a team.

“It’s odd not to be able to experience this part of the process together, but we can’t wait to hang out with all our friends from the show.”

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