Rory Keenan on becoming a boy-band star for his new role and creativity in lockdown

The Dublin actor has never been short of work from early appearances on stage with Cyril Cusack to a starring role in new Netflix series The Duchess, and he now plans to direct a short film in London starring his wife Gemma Arterton

Rory Keenan plays a former boy-band star in new Netflix series The Duchess

Rory Keenan is a safe pair of hands. This is what the Canadian stand-up comic Katherine Ryan clearly knew when she cast him as the love interest-slash-nemesis Shep in her new Netflix series The Duchess.

A theatre actor of considerable repute in Ireland and Britain, Dubliner Keenan also boasts serious dramas such as Peaky Blinders and Versailles on his CV, so taking the comedy role might have seemed like an unorthodox move for him. In ...