Irish hunk Paul Mescal is set to take on his next major television role in new thriller The Deceived.

The 24-year-old actor shot to fame earlier this year for his critically-acclaimed turn as shy romantic Connell Waldron in the BBC/Hulu drama Normal People.

The romantic series, based on the award-winning novel of the same name by author Sally Rooney, told the story of school sweethearts Connell and Marianne ( Daisy Edgar-Jones ) and won fans the world over following its release.

The steamy scenes also made Paul something of a sex symbol and fans have been clamouring for more from the star since his breakout role and photos of his topless runs around East London.

Now, fans of Paul can catch him in new Channel 5 series The Deceived, due on our screens later this year.

Paul Mescal stars in new thriller The Deceived

The trailer for the show sees Paul play a confidante to lead heroine Ophelia (Emily Reid), who begins dating her lecturer, resulting in a dramatic chain of events where the affair is interrupted by a horrific death.

Paul's character McKeough is a local builder who Ophelia comes to rely on throughout.

Former Hollyoaks star Emmett J. Scanlan portrays Ophelia's rugged lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan, while his unhappy wife Roisin is played by Catherine Walker.

The Deceived is an epic new thriller coming to Channel 5
The Deceived follows an affair between a student and her married lecturer

Eleanor Methven also plays Michael's overbearing mother Mary Mulvery, while Derry Girls' Ian McElhinney plays his dad Hugh, who is suffering from dementia.

Executive producer Charlie Hampton of New Pictures told the Daily Mail on the show: "The Deceived is a psychological relationship thriller that will have the audience questioning everything and will hopefully leave them wanting more."

The producer also added: "We wanted to make a show that nods to classic thrillers but also make something really modern that speaks to a contemporary audience."

Paul's character becomes drawn into the drama
The steamy affair has dramatic consequences

Meanwhile, Paul recently spoke to Deadline about how strong his friendship with his Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones is following their filming the series.

He revealed: “I've definitely found a friend, one of my best friends for life.

"If the show had been an absolute failure, that’s something that brings me massive joy, that I found somebody who is an amazing person and who I really enjoy working with."

Paul Mescal with Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People

Let's just hope The Deceived is even half as good as Normal People!

The Deceived will air on Channel 5 later this year, while Normal People is available now on BBC iPlayer.