Former villain of the year Jason Merrells is going straight after being empanelled onto the jury to replace Tom Conti for four weeks during the UK tour of Twelve Angry Men.
Merrells, is taking a short break from television to play Juror No 8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda and, more recently on the British stage, by Martin Shaw and Conti.
Jason’s start to TV success was in hit hospital drama Casualty, where he played the popular Matt Hawley for over three years. He went on to star as stylist and salon owner Gavin Ferraday in the hugely popular BBC drama Cutting It which made him a household name.
He then starred as headmaster Jack Rimmer in the BBC’s Waterloo Road for two years, prior to him being voted Villain Of The Year at the British Soap Awards for playing Declan Macey in Emmerdale. Other TV appearances have included A Touch Of Frost, Queer As Folk and Clocking Off.
Taking his place on the jury alongside Jason is fellow TV bad guy Andrew Lancel (Corrie crooked businessman Frank Foster).
Returning from the West End Production are Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey), Andrew Frame (EastEnders), David Calvitto, Mark Carter (Hollyoaks) and Sean Power.
Forming the rest of the jury will be Denis Lill, Paul Beech, Alexander Forsyth, Edward Halsted and Gareth David-Lloyd.
Twelve Angry Men follows twelve jurors who have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father.
But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the twelve, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.
Jason Merrells will appear at: Palace Theatre, Southend; Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton; Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple; and Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon.
Remaining 2015 Tour Dates
April 27-May 2, Richmond Theatre, Richmond
May 11-16, Palace Theatre, Southend
May 18-23, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
June 1-6, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
June 8-13, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
June 15-20, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
June 22-27, Theatre Royal, Glasgow.