After sifting through hundreds of audition tapes, the producers of TV3's upcoming soap Red Rock have finally found their leading man.
Dublin actor Richard Flood will take on the role of resident cop on the block Supt James McKay in the soap which will be set in a "police precinct" in a fictional Dublin harbour town.
Richard previously played Tommy McConnel in US drama Crossing Lines which was about an elite international team of crime fighters.
The NBC drama also starred Donald Sutherland who Richard described as "an old legend".
He also teamed up with the founding member of LA's Brat Pack Rob Lowe and elfin actress Ginnifer Goodwin in Killing Kennedy.
But having flitted around the States, Richard is back on home turf and in the middle of getting suited and booted for his new role.
"I've tried the garda hat and shirt on and my fiancee assures me that blue is a flattering colour," he said.
Richard met his other half, Italian actress Gabriella Pession, on the set of Crossing Lines.
They hit it off instantly and recently welcomed their first child, Julio, into the world.
"I have a three-month-old baby and scripts to learn so I'm juggling a lot but loving it," said Richard.
Red Rock will also star Jane McGrath, who previously starred in RTE drama Amber, Game of Thrones and Quirke.
Cabinteely native Adam Weafer will also feature in the soap, which will begin broadcasting in January.
Red Rock, which will be on twice a week, is one of several early peak-time programmes that will serve as replacements for Coronation Street and Emmerdale, which from January will only be broadcast on UTV Ireland.
TV3 is said to be building a permanent set for the soap at its Ballymount studios, and the production will employ more than 100 people.