October 03 2021
As Marvel’s Daredevil, Charlie Cox can leap from skyscrapers and sniff out danger thanks to his superhuman senses. But the British star may have just unlocked the greatest superpower of all on screen — nailing the Irish accent.
Fan favourite Charlie, best known for playing the eponymous superhero in the Netflix series, is currently wowing audiences with his low-key brilliant turn as Michael Kinsella in RTÉ drama Kin.
And not even radar sense could help detect the slightest trace of Londoner in the gangster desperately trying to go straight in what viewers and critics alike have hailed as one of the best ever Dublin twangs committed to screens small or big.
“Oh, well...” stumbles the actor in quintessentially English fashion when Magazine+ begins by mentioning the Twitter reaction to his pitch-perfect accent on the show. “Sorry, horrified by any praise!”
“I worked with a few people,” he composes himself quickly. “I worked with Poll [Moussoulides] who worked with Daisy [Edgar-Jones] on Normal People and he was amazing and incredibly helpful.
“I’d done a Northern Irish accent in the past and I thought that would help me, but I think it actually kind of got in the way at times. I don’t find accents particularly easy, but I find that if I really do work hard I can get quite good ones.
“So I worked very hard on it. But I enjoyed doing it immensely and I got really good feedback from the cast and crew. I think I’m the only non-Irish actor in the cast, so hopefully I get away with it!”
More than simply getting away with it, the 38 year-old blends seamlessly into a star-studded cast including Ciarán Hinds, Aidan Gillen, Emmett Scanlan and Maria Doyle Kennedy on the Sunday night slow burn, all of whom have their thunder stolen by television newcomer Clare Dunne.
The nuanced family drama involving a grieving mother, slain cousin, vengeful brother and peace-keeping uncle has had viewers reaching for the Kinsella family tree explainer on more than one occasion over the past three weeks.
Ahead of tonight’s tense mid-season installment, Charlie explained how signing up to the eight-part series, co-produced by Bron Studios and shown in the US on AMC+, was a family affair too.
“This came about during Covid and, like everyone else, we were holed up at home,” says the actor, who is married to Bron TV Executive Vice President, Samantha Thomas. “I was engaged to do some other projects, I had quite a busy year ahead, and she asked me to read this just out of interest and I was absolutely blown away by it.“I thought it was so moving and painful and just a really great piece of writing. Then it was one of those weird things where because of Covid the projects that I was attached to fell apart and suddenly I was available.
“We also had a new baby and it was this amazing opportunity for us as a family to stay together, especially with the travel restrictions not knowing if I was to do something would I be able to get back.”
The Hollywood power couple, who live in Connecticut, decamped to Dublin with their two young children for six months during filming last year.
And Charlie previously revealed how he binge-listened to hit Sunday World podcast Crime World with Nicola Tallant to get into the headspace of prodigal son Michael, who looks poised to be drawn back into a life of crime after leaving prison when his nephew is gunned down in a botched hit.
“I didn’t know about that until I already agreed to do it,” he admits of the capital city’s gangland underbelly. “I had no idea about how relevant and present that stuff was and is, so that was shocking.
“What I liked about this show when I read it is you’ve got this incredibly dangerous, mad world that most of us have really no idea about and can’t really relate to — but it’s really about these people and their family and the bonds that tie them together and how they cope with craziness of their lives.
“I found myself wanting to be involved with something that deals with those kind of things as much as possible, and relied less heavily on action heavy plot, which of course, I also love and have done a lot with Daredevil, but this was a kind of moving away from that a little bit.”
Versatile Charlie played the blind vigilante otherwise known as Matt Murdock, and earlier depicted by Ben Affleck on the big screen, from 2015 to 2018.
And the actor didn’t quite deny heated speculation that he’s set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home this December during a Zoom chat from his US home.
“I’ve no idea what you’re talking about,” teases Charlie of the fan conspiracy theory, with his refusal to confirm or deny the rumour while promoting other projects in recent months only causing spidey senses to tingle even more. “I’ll be very excited to discover whether I am or I’m not in that!”
When it comes the prospect of reprising the role of Michael for a second season of Kin, Charlie is bound to no such secrecy.
“Oh yeah,” he answers immediately. “I’m contracted to. I’m hoping that’s the case.
“I guess it’s a funny old time in the television world. There was a gap in filming [due to the pandemic] so there’s probably going to be a dip in material, so whether that will need us or not, I don’t know — but hopefully we’ll be able to come back.”
Unconstrained by the 5km travel restriction, next time, he’s hoping to explore his Irish roots a little more.
“I think they’re on my father’s side,” explains Charlie. “I know that there’s a lot of stuff on the internet about all that. I have not done that research, but someone in the family obviously has.
“But I believe it’s true. My father did send me a photograph that he has of our Irish ancestors in the late 1800s, or something, that I didn’t know existed and one of the babies in the photo is my grandmother’s mother.”
Just don’t expect him to pop up on genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?
“It would just reveal my lack of knowledge I’m afraid,” he laughs.