Actors  |  Jul 2, 2014

Curtis Brown actors lead the cast in Common

Nico Mirallegro, Daniel Mays, Jack McMullen, Philip Hill-Pearson and Andrew Ellis all star in Jimmy McGovern’s Common, a new 90-minute drama for BBC One, examining the potential for injustice inherent in the Joint Enterprise or Common Purpose rule.

Nico Mirallegro stars as Johnjo O’Shea, a young man who gives friends an impromptu lift to a pizza parlour and finds himself charged with murder. Nico will soon be seen in the feature films Shooting for Socrates and Anita B opposite Robert Sheehan.

Daniel Mays plays Tommy Ward, the estranged father of the victim. Having recently finished shooting the HBO pilot Knifeman, Danny is due to star as Samuel Pepys in the new ITV drama The Great Fire.

Andrew Ellis plays Kieran, one of Johnjo’s mates who takes offence at a bystander, lashes out and stabs him. When the victim later dies from his injuries, Kieran must deal with the aftermath of murder. Best recognized as Gadget in Shane Meadows This Is England, which films a new installment later this year, Andrew has recently wrapped on the feature film Dough with Jonathan Pryce.

Philip Hill-Pearson - best known as DC Liam Frainey in BBC’s Good Cop - plays Tony, Johnjo’s cousin, who leads him down the wrong path. Aggressive and defensive, Tony is keen to ensure Johnjo’s silence.

Jack McMullen plays Colin McCabe one of a group of men involved in the murder at the pizza place. He is currently in Fathers and Sons at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Lindsey Turner.

Jimmy McGovern commented: “When it comes to casting you always have a 'wish list' - a list of actors who'd be perfect for the parts you have written. You never get them of course. But on this occasion, I got them all, every single one on my wish list. And I am over the moon.”

Common will broadcast on BBC One, Sunday 6th July at 9pm.