Shameless star David Threlfall has joined the cast of Victorian era period drama Ripper Street as a series regular for its upcoming fourth season, TVWise has learned. Production on the fourth season is now underway in Dublin for a late 2015 premiere on Amazon Prime Instant Video UK.
Created by Richard Warlow, Ripper Street is a period drama set in the East End of London in 1889 and follows H Division, the police precinct from hell which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. The drama series is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions & Lookout Point in association with BBC Worldwide and BBC America.
Threlfall will play Abel Croker, wharfinger, villain and keeper of other men’s secrets. This marks the latest television role for the actor, who has been very much in demand following his 11 year stint as Frank Gallagher on Channel 4’s Shameless. Hi other recent TV credits include What Remains and The Ark, whilst he also recently shot a main role on ITV Encore’s Midwinter Of The Spirit.
Other cast additions for the show’s fourth season include David Warner (The Omen), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Killian Scott (Calvary) and Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood), while Lucy Cohu and Derek Riddell are on board to reprise their roles from the first season. They all join a returning cast which also includes Matthew Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, Jerome Flynn as Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake and Adam Rothenberg as Captain Homer Jackson.
Ripper Street has had something of an interesting history in its short life span. Initially developed for the BBC, the show aired its first two seasons on BBC One before cancelling Ripper Street due to low ratings. Amazon then rode to the rescue, ordering a third season which launched exclusively on APIV late last year, followed by a broadcast window on BBC One (where season three is now airing). Then, back in May, Amazon ordered two more seasons, with BBC One, BBC America and BBC Worldwide returning as partners.