Paul Mescal amassed a legion of fans after starring as Connell Waldron in the hit BBC Three series Normal People. However, The Deceived writer Tobias Beer hadn’t found time to watch the drama before he was cast in his Channel 5 thriller which led to an “embarrassing” moment for the pair.
The Deceived follows a young student reading English at Cambridge University who becomes involved in an affair with her lecturer.
Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee created the thriller with her husband Tobias.
After catapulting to fame in Normal People, Paul stars as Sean McKeogh in the Channel 5 series.
Writer and actor Tobias gave fans an insight to Paul’s character while revealing an awkward moment he shared with the star.
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Normal People's Paul Mescal "mortified" The Deceived bosses (Image: CHANNEL 5)
Normal People's Paul stars in the thrilling drama (Image: CHANNEL 5)
“Our casting director told us, ‘You’ll be very lucky if you get Paul, he’s going to be a star,’" Tobias told Radio Times.
“I’m mortified, because I had conversations with him on set and having now seen Normal People, the idea that I could tell him anything at all is just embarrassing!
“He has this amazing quality, he does so little but has incredible depth behind a relatively impassive face. It’s very rare.
“And he’s potentially a knight in white armour in this, so people will hopefully enjoy that.”
Normal People's Paul starred alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones (Image: BBC)
The Deceived is Paul's first acting role after