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Paul Mescal Normal People

Normal People‘s producers have revealed that they didn’t have to think too hard about casting Paul Mescal.

The television adaptation of the beloved novel picked up four Emmy nominations, including one for Mescal for his portrayal of Connell and one for casting director Louise Kiely, who received a nod in Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.

Speaking in a BBC Three featurette ‘How We Made Normal People‘, the show’s producer Catherine Magee revealed: “Connell was actually cast really quickly. We had heard about this actor Paul Mescal, pretty much as soon as we met him, we were just completely convinced that: ‘Okay, we have Connell!’”

Daisy Edgar Jones (Marianne) and Paul Mescal (Connell) in Normal People. Credit: Element Pictures/Enda Bowe

This comes after it was revealed that Killing Eve and Normal People are the two most streamed shows on BBC iPlayer so far in 2020.

Both shows were named the top performers, with the former’s first episode ‘Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey’ watched over 6.95 million times.

They also helped attract a record 570 million programme requests in May 2020 – 72% higher than in May 2019, according to the BBC.

Every single entry in the top 10 most popular episodes across the BBC iPlayer from January to June 2020 also featured Killing Eve and Normal People.

Dramas The NestDracula, The Split, comedy series This Country and reality show Race Across the World also proved popular across the first six months of 2020.

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