A top production company is on the hunt for locals to star in a new big-budget Gaelic drama series. 

Black Camel Productions – the production house behind hits such as crime drama Annika – has launched a search for supporting talent for An t-Eilean (The Island).

With a budget of over £1 million per episode, the ambitious four-part BBC ALBA series  "is set to put Gaelic-language drama on the global map". 

The series features a storyline by screenwriter/creator Nicholas Osborne (producer of Remember Me and License to Wed), co-written by screenwriter Patsi Mackenzie (Buidheagain and An Clò Mòr).

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Set in the Outer Hebrides, An t-Eilean (The Island) is billed as "a compelling crime story that follows a family caught up in a murder investigation very close to home".

Black Camel Productions is keen to recruit acting talent from Lewis and Harris, giving local actors an opportunity to demonstrate their skillset and get involved in a top production with a big budget.

As part of the casting call, the production company is looking for applicants to submit their name, age, location and a picture of themselves by Monday, April 8. 

Actors of any gender or ethnicity over the age of 18 are being sought.

The casting call says applicants should include their availability during the months of April and May with shooting expected to start this Spring, with the main cast to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

It’s not specified if applicants for the supporting roles are required to speak Gaelic.

Arabella Page Croft, executive producer at Black Camel Pictures, said: “We are hugely proud to produce An t-Eilean, another ambitious TV drama series from Black Camel and the first ever high-end Gaelic-language drama made in Scotland!

“It has been such a joy and inspiration to develop this gripping thriller together with BBC ALBA and the whole team are looking forward to beginning principal photography on the spectacular Hebridean isles of Lewis and Harris next month.”