Coagh actor lands starring role

COAGH actor Nigel O’Neill has landed his first starring role in a movie to be screened at this year’s Galway Film Festival.

The 46-year-old plays Eddie who, in an attempt to save the neck of his junkie son Joe, agrees to do a mysterious pick up with the help of Joe’s girlfriend Liz played by Aoife Duffin.

According to the blurb, the two head off across mid-Ulster and eventually find themselves in possession of a lamb. En-route they fumble their way through a series of comic, tragic and disturbing adventures.

The character Eddie is described as “an overweight and depressed ex-accountant who does his best to assume the role of a drug trafficker but his constant cradling of the lamb and love of bird-watching doesn’t do a lot for his tough guy image”.

Nigel is no stranger to the acting world having wanted to join the profession from an early age.

A former pupil of St Patrick’s High School in Cookstown Nigel took part in many school productions and has been a member of Cookstown Drama Group.

He studied acting at ‘The Gaiety School of Acting’ Dublin and ‘The Micheal Chekhov technique’ In London and Dublin.

Married to Marie and with two children Ryan (17) Emma 14, Nigel has appeared in numerous theatre productions over the years with companies such as ‘Tinderbox’ and ‘Skewiff.

“I also have done the usual run of the mill things as an actor, doing corporate videos and commercials etc,” said Nigel.

“This is my first time as a leading Actor in a feature film,” he added.

“My latest project has been the role of ‘The Court Courier’ in Hardy Productions’ ‘Hitler on Trail’ for the BBC and the History channel, which is to be aired later this year.

‘Behold the Lamb’ will be showing this Saturday 9th July at the Galway Film festival. The film was written and directed by John Mcllduff from Dumbworld productions and was produced by Kevin Jackson.