The Northern Irish film and TV scene is shining and one of its brightest stars is actor Martin McCann. Hailing from West Belfast and now living by the sea in County Down after six years in the hustle and bustle of London, this likeable rogue is showing no signs of slowing down.

If you walk past him in the street you would look at him and probably think, I recognise him from somewhere but just can’t place him. That’s not to say he’s hasn’t been in blockbuster movies – far from it,  rather he has an unassuming way that shows how he has maintained his  down to earth local roots.

This versatile actor has had thrilling parts in The Pacific, ’71, The Survivalist, Killing Bono and in early 2017 starred in Lost in London with acting royalty Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson. He is currently working on a physiological thriller, Calibre, filmed in Scotland and will star in a movie about the Maze prison break this summer.

With an acting CV like that, it would be fair to say that he’s due a rest, but nothing could be further from the truth.

It’s great to see a Belfast boy doing so well and we wish him all the best!

Here are a few of my favourite Marty McCann facts:

*Although only 33, Martin has been acting for about 20 years and earned his stripes in Belfast theatre company, The Rainbow Factory launched by charity, Youth Action.

*When he was younger he used to mimic the accents of acting greats such as Robert de Nino and Jack Nicholson  – so much so that his mum thought it was a good idea to let him try out acting.

*In 2006 Lord Richard Attenborough called Steven Spielberg and recommended Martin for a movie role in The Pacific.

*In 2011, he won the 2011 Irish Film and Television Academy Award for lead actor in a feature film and pipped his hero, Liam Neeson to the top spot.

*He was also nominated for Best Actor in the IFTA awards in 2016 alongside Michael Fassbender and Colin Farrell and brought his sister to the ceremony.

*The Lost in London movie was filmed and broadcast live to 650 US movie theatres.

*Closer to home he starred as the hilarious ‘trendy priest’ in Dry Your Eyes (Click this link if you haven’t seen it) and has written a 30-minute comedy for BBCNI which pokes fun at the local acting community.

He has bought a house by the sea and is doing it up and enjoying a slower paced life in Northern Ireland. Now he’s back in the province you should keep an eye out for him and if you ask nicely he might do one of his infamous accents!