Rip­ping yarn for Thrones swords­man

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ONE day Jerome Flynn is slic­ing his way around the set of Game of Thrones and the next he is work­ing out who is slic­ing up the women in Rip­per Street. That’s be­cause the English ac­tor is in the en­vi­able po­si­tion of work­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously on two suc­cess­ful prime­time se­ries. The set of HBO’s me­dieval fan­tasy Game of Thrones and Chan­nel 10’s new ac­qui­si­tion, Rip­per Street, are both filmed in Ire­land. It al­lows Flynn to make the dash from one set to the other to main­tain his key roles in both shows. ‘‘It’s turned out re­ally nicely be­cause Game of Thrones is just an hour and half up the road and I’ve got some Ir­ish her­itage that I want to ex­plore, so it’s fill­ing that hole as well,’’ says Flynn. ‘‘They are two re­ally good jobs to be in­volved with and they’re great char­ac­ters.’’ Rip­per Street, is set in the af­ter­math of Jack the Rip­per in the late 1800s when women are still be­ing mur­dered. Flynn plays De­tec­tive Sergeant Bennet Drake while on Game of Thrones, which has just started pro­duc­tion, he has the re­cur­ring role of mer­ce­nary Bronn. ‘‘We’re two months into the sec­ond sea­son of Rip­per Street and Game of Thrones has started film­ing but be­cause I don’t have a huge part in Thrones, I can do both,’’ he says. ‘‘I have about 12 to 15 days of work on Thrones this sea­son.’’ The irony of Flynn’s suc­cess is that he ba­si­cally gave away act­ing for al­most a decade. He said he went on a ‘‘spir­i­tual path’’ and took a step back from his cho­sen ca­reer be­cause he had seen how ac­tors can be­come slave to the pro­fes­sion. To break the cy­cle, he told his agent to stop send­ing him scripts as he em­barked on a self-im­posed time-out. ‘‘I’ve done it a cou­ple of times over the years and it’s very lib­er­at­ing and I’m lucky to be work­ing,’’ says Flynn. ‘‘I’ve never had two suc­cess­ful shows run­ning at the same time and yet I hadn’t been on screen for 10 years. I was plan­ning to leave my ca­reer be­hind and then sud­denly I got th­ese two great jobs . . . in one sense I was quite happy to leave it be­hind but ob­vi­ously it wasn’t quite the time.’’ The in­te­rior scenes on Rip­per Street are shot in­side a dis­used army bar­racks and at lo­ca­tions around Dublin.

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT Rip­per Street: Sun­days, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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