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Star-studded Smother's Niamh Walsh latest to join cast of Netflix fantasy series The Sandman

The 32-year-old Irish actress has been signed up alongside Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Joely Richardson, Tom Sturridge, Charles Dance and Kirby Howell-Baptiste

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Actress Niamh Walsh

Actress Niamh Walsh

Actress Niamh Walsh

Smother star Niamh Walsh is to join a galaxy of stars in a new blockbuster Netflix fantasy series, The Sandman.

The 32-year-old Irish actress has been signed up alongside Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Joely Richardson, Tom Sturridge, Charles Dance and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

The Sandman will be based on the iconic dark fantasy series developed by Nail Gaiman which ran in DC Comics from 1989 to 1996.

A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead and pulls him from his realm.

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Niamh Walsh (left) with the cast in Smother. Photo: Martin Maguire

Niamh Walsh (left) with the cast in Smother. Photo: Martin Maguire

Niamh Walsh (left) with the cast in Smother. Photo: Martin Maguire

 

Fearful for his safety, the wizard keeps him imprisoned on Earth for decades but he eventually escapes and goes on a quest to restore his power.

Dream is played by Sturridge while Howell-Baptiste is Death, Dream’s kinder and wiser sister.

And Netflix has just announced a new slate of castings including Niamh Walsh, who was recently seen playing pregnant Jenny Ahern, the daugher of Dervla Kirwan’s main character Val, in the Sunday night drama series Smother.

In The Sandman she and Joely Richardson share the role of Ethel Cripps, with Jamestown star Walsh playing the character in her youth.

Cripps is described as "a betrayed and determined young woman seeking to survive."

The Wicklow actress also starred in the recent drama The English Game and was previously a regular character in Holby City after making her small screen debut on Casualty in 2009.

Victoria and The Serpent star Coleman will play Johanna Constantine, whose character has been expanded from Gaiman’s original graphic novel.

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Dream’s other siblings, Desire and Despair, will be played by Mason Alexander Park and Donna Preston.

The mythical character of Dream is one member of a pantheon called The Endless and each of the seven siblings represent some core function of the universe.

Author Gaiman, who is executive producing the series, has described The Sandman as "a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven".

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