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Farrell among stars to film in Ireland this year

Colin Farrell will star in Miss Julie, while Vikings will begin filming its second season in Wicklow and Dublin.

COLIN FARRELL WILL be back on home soil this year to film his latest project, Miss Julie, while Meath and Dublin will be overtaken by vikings for a television show.

Vikings, produced by World 2000/Octagon Films for the History channel will return to Ireland to film a second season in Wicklow and Dublin, while Miss Julie, co-funded by the IFB has also begun principal photography on location in Co Fermanagh.

Welcome return

Naoise Barry, Film Commissioner BSÉ/IFB, said:

We welcome the return of Vikings to Ashford film studios, and Colin Farrell’s return to Ireland for the making of Miss Julie. With Irish Film Board support, world class film and television continues to be made in Ireland, driving inward investment, creating jobs, and promoting a positive image of Ireland abroad.

Miss Julie is directed by Liv Ullman and produced by Teun Hilte and Oliver Dungey of The Apocalypse Films Company, Synnøve Hørsdal of Maipo Film, and co-produced by Rita Dagher of Senorita Films and Irish producers Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Subotica.

Based on the play of the same name by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, it received funding from Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen fund.

As well as Farrell, it also stars Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty; Lawless; The Help) and Samantha Morton (Cosmopolis; John Carter). All of the post-production on Miss Julie will be carried out in Windmill Lane, Dublin.


Vikings is created and written by Michael Hirst, who is also behind The Tudors and Elizabeth), and is the first scripted series for History.

An international co-production between Ireland and Canada, the series was developed and produced by Irish producers Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn’s company Octagon Films, with MGM Television bringing the series to a global audience as international distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.

A whopping 8.3 million total viewers watched the series premiere when it was broadcast in the US on March 3, and the first series contributed around €20 million to the Irish economy in terms of spend on local goods and services.


There are many hard-hitters working on the series, with episodes in the first season directed by Irish director Ciarán Donnelly (The Tudors, Titanic: Blood and Steel), Johan Renck (Breaking Bad) and Ken Girotti (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).

It stars Irish Golden Globe Award winning actor Gabriel Byrne and filmed on location in Ashford Studios in Wicklow for 18 weeks last summer.

Irish crew on the first season were the Emmy-winning Irish production designer Tom Conroy (The Tudors) and the three-time Emmy-winning Irish costume designer Joan Bergin (The Tudors), along with IFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated Dee Corcoran and Tom McInerny in charge of the hair and make-up departments respectively.


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