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Ryan O’Connell Signs Onto ‘Queer As Folk’ Revival As Series Regular And EP

Peacock today announced Emmy Award nominee and Writers Guild Award winner Ryan O’Connell will join the cast of Peacock‘s QUEER AS FOLK, a reimagining by Stephen Dunn, of the groundbreaking British series created by Russell T. Davies, as a series regular. Additionally, he will serve as a Co-Executive Producer and Writer on the series. ​

Ryan O'Connell
Photo by Ryan Phugler

The series will be a re-imagining of the original 1999 series, which starred Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelley, and Charlie Hunnam as three young, queer men navigating the London gay scene. An American version starring Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, and Hal Sparks as the core trio ran from 2000-2005 on Showtime.

O’Connell started as a blogger, writing for publications like Buzzfeed and Vice, before moving to TV writing with MTV’s Awkward and publishing a book, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, in 2015. He later adapted it into a series for Netlfix, and has since been a prominent activist for LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals. His turn on Queer As Folk will follow turns on Daytime Divas and as an executive story editor for Will & Grace.

The updated version will follow a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. O’Connell joins previously announced series regulars Fin Argus, Candace Grace, Jesse James Keitel, Johnny Sibilly and Devin Way. O’Connell is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. 

Images via Showtime and Ryan Phugler

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