Dublin actor cast in Netflix’s The Witcher prequel series

by Kim O Leary

A Dublin actor has been cast in an exciting role for the upcoming prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix.

Laurence O’Fuarain is from Dublin and he trained at The Factory (now Bow Street), graduating in 2015. His TV credits include Vikings (History Channel), Game of Thrones (HBO), Into the Badlands (AMC), Rebellion (RTÉ), Red Rock (Virgin Media), and Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope (RTÉ).  

He has also appeared in films Black 47 (dir. Lance Daly), The Secret Scripture (dir. Jim Sheridan), and Of Gods and Warriors (dir. David L.G. Hughes).  Laurence played the sole role in Void (dir. Ger Duffy), a dark, psychological short film.

Now O’Fuarain will appear in the role of Fjall in The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel show for the highly popular The Witcher which is based on the successful novel by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King, Fjall carries a deep scar within, the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. A scar that won’t let him settle, or make peace with himself or the world around him. In his quest for redemption, Fjall will find himself fighting beside the most unlikely of allies as he carves a path of vengeance across a continent in turmoil.

O’Fuarain joins Jodie Turner-Smith in the project. She’s playing Éile, an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, who has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician.

Set 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell the story of the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres’, when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.

Blood Origin will be a six part, live-action limited series, and a prequel to the hit Netflix series The Witcher.

Declan de Barra will act as showrunner and executive producer on the six-part series, with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich as executive producer. Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as creative consultant. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will also serve as executive producers.

O’Fuarain is represented by Lorraine Brennan Management (IRE), United Agents (UK), Luber Roklin Management (U.S.), and his attorney Greg Slewett.

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