VIDEO: Cookstown actor Nigel O’Neill talks about upcoming BBC drama

COOKSTOWN actor Nigel O’Neill will have a starring role in a new horror drama to be screened on BBC Two Northern Ireland this Halloween night.

Nigel, who began his acting career in the drama group in Cookstown before training at the Gaiety school in Dublin will play the character of John in the Ulster Scots drama, Stumpy’s Brae.

Cookstown actor Nigel O'Neill (John) and Louise Matthews (Sarah) during filming for 'Stumpy's Brae'. The Ulster-Scots horror drama is due to be shown on BBC Two Northern Ireland on Thursday, October 31 at 10pm

Cookstown actor Nigel O'Neill (John) and Louise Matthews (Sarah) during filming for 'Stumpy's Brae'. The Ulster-Scots horror drama is due to be shown on BBC Two Northern Ireland on Thursday, October 31 at 10pm

Nigel has plenty of acting experience under his belt and has also trained in London and Moscow.

Speaking to the MAIL ahead of the airing of the half hour drama next week, Nigel said he always knew he wanted to be an actor.

“I always felt compelled to do it. It was something that was always there and you just have to follow it. It just works on you and you just go with it and wherever it takes you,” he said.

Nigel has previously worked with production company Six Mile Hill before making a short film called ‘The Boys from County Hell’.

Stumpy’s Brae is directed by Chris Baugh from Omagh and is a dark and gruesome tale of temptation, murder and revenge.

Speaking about his character in the drama, Nigel said: “John is a poor farmer. Him and his wife are completely struggling to get by and suddenly the bailiffs come in and take the last money they have. Then one stormy night a pedlar comes along who they agree to offer shelter to in exchange for money and things take a terrible turn from there. It is based originally on a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander.”

Don’t forget to tune in to BBC2 Northern Ireland next Thursday night 31st October at 10pm to see Nigel in action in Stumpy’s Brae.