Who is Royce Pierreson?
Pierreson is a British actor. He is best known for his role in Murdered by My Boyfriend, his performance as Istredd in The Witcher, where he plays a recurring character, and his performance as Dr. Watson on The Irregulars, a Netflix production.
Saltash, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
The actor was born and grew up in Cornwall. He studied drama at City College Plymouth and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Pierreson debuted on the small screen in 2011 in the TV film London’s Burning. After that, he began appearing on different British series, such as Holby City, Inspector Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Dates, Misfits, Edge of Heaven. In 2014, he was cast as Reece in the TV movie Murdered by My Boyfriend. In 2015, he appeared on Death in Paradise, followed by roles in The Living and the Dead, Our Girl, Line of Duty, and Wanderlust. In 2019, he was cast in The Witcher as Istredd, appearing as a recurring character throughout season 1 and season 2. In 2021, he played a main character, Dr. John Watson, on The Irregulars, a Netflix production putting a spin on the Sherlock Holmes’ stories. On The Irregulars, he appears as a different version of this character, taking center stage in a fantastical and dark story with magic.
In theatre, the actor has appeared in different productions at the Theatre Royal, the Cockpit Theatre, the Lyttelton Theatre, and others. Some notable plays include Scarberia, Blair’s Children, and Three Days in the Country.
In film, he appeared in Thor: The Dark World, albeit in a role credited as Student in 2013. In 2016, he played Sergeant Lilo Diaz in Spectral. In 2019, he appeared in Judy, playing Burt.
Pierreson also did voice work for different video games, including Hitman, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Need for Speed Payback, and Hitman 2.
His best-known roles were his recurring appearance on Line of Duty, The Irregulars, and The Witcher, where his character has earned a fair amount of fans, appearing as a rival for the main character Geralt, played by Henry Cavill, and an old flame for Yennefer, played by Anya Chalotra.
The actor has been recognized for his looks and acting skills.
He has been working with Netflix, appearing in two productions featuring magic.
His performance as John Watson was well-received despite some controversy due to the actor’s ethnicity when the casting was announced. He was praised for the depth he gave to the character and the emotions he portrayed.
The Irregulars was canceled after one season on Netflix. It featured a unique twist on the Sherlock Holmes universe by centering the Baker Street Irregulars who were facing supernatural threats under instructions from Dr. Watson. The reception was mixed, but many praised the original elements, the new characters, and the interpretations of familiar characters in this fantastical universe.
Istredd, the character Pierreson portrays on The Witcher, is a sorcerer and a historian renowned for his studies on the history of this world.
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