Irish Actor Kevin Ryan Joins Cast of BBC America's 'Copper' (Exclusive)

BBC Copper Kevin Ryan

The cable network's first scripted series begins shooting this month in Toronto, Canada.

COLOGNE, Germany - Irish actor Kevin Ryan has joined the cast of BBC TV's upcoming seies Copper, joining M-15/Spooks star Tom Weston-Jones and German actress Franke Potente (The Bourne Supremacy) in the police drama set in 1860s New York City.

Ryan will play the series regular role of Detective Francis Maguire, an Irish-American cop working alongside Weston-Jones' Kevin Corcoran. Ryan, who is now based in L.A., plays the lead in the upcoming thriller Tripping Tommy from director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena).

Copper was created by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog), Tom Fontana (Oz) and Will Rokos (Southland). The period drama focuses on the lives of Irish immigrants living in Manhattan's Five Points neighborhood and on its lead character, played by Weston-Jones, who tried to uncover the truth about his missing wife and dead daughter.

Shooting is set to begin this month in Toronto, Canada It is BBC America's first scripted series. Shaw Media and Cineflix Studios are co-producing. Copper will premiere on BBC America this summer and in Canada on Shaw Media Showcase in the Fall.