Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is filming his latest series Family Tree in London.
O’Dowd will be directed by Spinal Tap star Christopher Guest in the mockumentary-style comedy series, which is being produced by the BBC and HBO.
The Roscommon actor plays the lead character of 30 year-old Tom Chadwick who, having lost his job and his girlfriend, embarks on a journey of self-discovery when he’s left a mysterious box in his aunt’s will.
Filming will continue in London until the end of 2012, with the series set to air on BBC2 next year.
Speaking of the production, Guest said: “I am also delighted to welcome myself to BBC Television. I am very lucky to be working with an incredibly talented cast. Chris O’Dowd has been on my radar ever since he was a child actor in Wales.”
O’Dowd said: “I’m terribly excited and monumentally under-qualified to work on an improvised show with Chris Guest. I call him Chris ‘coz we are friends. He calls me George. I don’t know why.”
The past 12 months have proven hugely successful for O’Dowd who has enjoyed huge success with his popular Sky One show Moone Boy.
He recently wrapped filming on the second series of the show and will also be seen next year in Calvary, London-Irish director John Michael McDonagh’s first film since the huge success of The Guard.
O’Dowd can currently be seen in The Sapphires, which is in cinemas now.
See next Wednesday’s Irish Post (November 28) to read Steve Martin’s review of the Australian comedy-drama.