Paul Mescal rose to fame on BBC ‘s adaptation of Normal People – a 12-part drama following the intersecting story of Marianne and Connell as they navigate the changing landscape of their relationship into adulthood.
The Irish actor soon became the nation’s heartthrob thanks to the risqué full frontal sex scenes with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones.
But Paul is now returning to the small screen in Channel Five’s gritty series The Deceived.
Moving away from his pin-up boy status, the rising star appears in the upcoming TV show which centres on betrayal, lies and lust.
The four-part drama follows Ophelia (Emily Reid) a student who strikes up a dangerous affair with her professor Dr Michael Callaghan (Emmett J Scanlan).
However, things take a dramatic turn for the worse when Callaghan’s wife, Roisin (Catherine Walker), is killed in a blaze and their home, but Ophelia starts to doubt if she really is dead and that she actually may still be alive.
Desperate to get to the bottom of the incident, Ophelia confides in her friend Sean McKeough (Paul Mescal), a local builder, and together they start to piece together the clues about what really happened.
A spanner is thrown into the works when Ophelia thinks she may be pregnant with Callaghan’s child and the mystery starts to take a toll on her mental wellbeing.
Paul, who has acted in a number of theatre productions in London, quickly gained notoriety thanks to his appearance in Normal People, and opened up about what it was like moving on from the show.
He said: “I had two days off after I wrapped filming on Normal People and then I started filming The Deceived. This is my second ever TV role.
“As for whether I was nervous? Totally. I don’t have enough experience to feel completely comfortable stepping onto set but everybody was so welcoming and kind on this show.
“The nerves were very much present when I stepped on set on my first day for The Deceived. But I’d be worried if that feeling wasn’t present because I don’t think nerves are necessarily a bad thing.”
Speaking of the response to Normal People, he added: “To be honest it is hard to describe accurately as it is something that I feel very much still in the middle of and I don’t really know what I feel at the moment.
“It has been so lovely and amazing and I am incredibly grateful that the show has reached as many people as it has and that the response has been so positive.”
The Deceived launches on August 3 at 9pm on Channel 5