Northern Irish actor Stephen Hagan is set to star in the new action-packed drama coming to Sky 1, Lucky Man, alongside fellow NI man and winner of the Best New Hair award at the Ballon d’Ors, James Nesbitt.
Scheduled for broadcast on Friday January 22 at 9pm, this first-ever UK TV drama from the mind of the legendary Stan Lee is a fresh, original crime drama based around the intriguing concept that a mysterious bracelet could bring its owner tremendously powerful amounts of luck.
Ahead of the TV debut of Lucky Man Stephen gave us the lowdown on the show…
Stephen plays the character Rich Clayton, who is the half-brother of DI Harry Clayton, played by James Nesbitt. Harry is a talented murder detective with London’s Central Murder Investigation Squad (MIS). A compulsive gambler, Harry lost his family home in a poker game and then his wife and daughter left him. He has huge debts, and questions are being asked about his ability to do his job.
Rich deals in jewellery and antiquities in Hatton Garden. He is totally legit but operates just on the edge of what is acceptable.
Stephen picked out a moment that he was really excited for UK audiences to see: “The opening sequence of episode one. I remember reading it for the first time and saying out loud, “Wow, this is going to be good!”
As well as Stephen and James the series also stars Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Darren Boyd (Spy), Omid Djalili (Moonfleet), Steven Mackintosh (Inside Men), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), Jing Lusi (Holby City) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van).
Of the team assembled for Lucky man, Stephen said: “Not only did we have a very talented cast but we also had a fantastic production team and a brilliant script to work with. The audience will get to see the real London, which I think is what is unique about this show. The way it has been shot gives it a sense of reality and the scripts have been crafted to include London as another character.”
Stephen recalled their first encounter: “I first met James while I was at drama school. I had my first set visit to Murphy’s Law, where I had a very small walk-on part. Cut to 12 years later and I’m acting alongside him so it has all been a bit of a surreal experience. It was that first set visit, where I got to see all aspects of the production and meet James, which convinced me to be an actor. Perhaps it was all fate.”
Stephen said: “I believe in fate and the notion that what is meant to be will be. I don’t think luck is anything that you can control. I feel that if something bad happens, then something good is just around the corner. What is great about this show is that it makes you question the concept of luck. It puts the discussion out there.”
Stephen said: “If I was to think about the luckiest thing that ever happened to me – I’d have to say it was when I met my wife in a bar. Neither of us had intended on being there or wanted to be. I was dragged in by my friends and she was there but wanting to leave when we met for the first time. That to me was a big coincidence. I’m very thankful and feel lucky for that chance meeting.”