Amazon’s latest series spotlight a wide range of exciting talents.
Now for something completely different…
Well, sort of. We’ve seen some recent attempts to blend styles of realism and fantasy together, with the likes of Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Netflix blockbuster Bright trying to introduce the weird and wonderful into more recognisable locations. By drawing upon these two films as examples, it’s probably not worth mentioning that such genre hybridity can be pretty hit and miss.
Blending contrasting styles doesn’t always work, but it looks like René Echevarria and Travis Beacham’s Carnival Row is a pretty bold attempt worthy of attention. In today’s oversaturated TV landscape, it’s incredibly important to stand out and offer potential audiences something they feel is unavailable anywhere else.
In this sense, Amazon’s latest series could be onto something; let’s hope so, because (according to Wikipedia) it’s already been renewed!
Carnival Row: Maeve Dermody
With a cast like this, they’re probably onto a winner.
Front and centre, audiences are introduced to Rycroft Philostrate who we’re sure you recognise. The part is tackled by the wonderful Orlando Bloom, famous for playing Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Along with a supporting cast of Cara Delevingne (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), Karla Crome (Misfits), Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and many other talents, it’s definitely worth the buzz it’s attracted so far. Despite some big names, the series is keen to highlight a vast array of phenomenal performers who may not be quite so familiar.
One of these is Maeve Dermody.
Maeve Dermody: Movies and TV
The 33-year-old Australian born actress makes a significant impression, developing the role of Portia Fyfe across the refreshing eight-part series.
Although born in Sydney, Wikipedia notes that she’s based in the UK; the same source notes that her admirable goal is “to be able to play different characters every time, without traces of myself”. Glancing over her body of work, it’s obvious that she’s been intent to pursue her ambitions for some time.
Her first role came in the 1992 obscure drama film Breathing Under Water. After appearing in a number of shorts and TV series such as 2006’s All Saints (Taylor Patterson) and Monarch Grove (Charlotte Lee) the same year, she arrived at a significant central role in the criminally underrated Black Water. This 2007 Australian gem is a survival horror film which sees a small group facing down a fearsome alligator in a remote swamp.
She’s really great in the role of Lee and if you enjoyed the recent survival chiller Crawl you’ll probably love this. Maeve has also starred in the likes of Beautiful Kate (she played Toni), Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story (Anne Murdoch), The Fear of Darkness (Dr. Sarah Faithfull), Pawno (Kate), The Space Between (Olivia), Ripper Street (Prudence Sumner), 2:22 (Sandy) and Marcella (Grace Gibson).
As for fantasy, she boasted a recurring role on The Frankenstein Chronicles as Esther Rose, so Carnival Row’s style may actually be somewhat familiar to her.
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She’s sure to gain further fans by the time audiences have binged through the first eight episodes of Carnival Row, so let’s take a look at what she has in store next!
It looks like we can expect her to star as Lucy in a short called The Immortal, as well as two other film projects; firstly, drama effort Love Lust Longing and secondly The Secret Garden. So, there’s other stuff on the way, and with fans already anticipating more Carnival Row, she should be back on screens soon.
In other news, get to know Carnival Row‘s Tamzin Merchant.