Boardwalk Empire star Stephen Graham films in Liverpool

Stephen Graham Stephen Graham plays Al Capone in the TV series Boardwalk Empire

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Boardwalk Empire star Stephen Graham has returned to Liverpool to film a new role set in his home town.

The Kirkby born actor is taking a break from filming the American TV series in which he plays a young Al Capone.

He joins fellow Kirkby-born actor Andrew Schofield on the set of The Last Ferry, by local writer Dave Kirby, which is being filmed on Merseyside.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside that Schofield, who played Alan Bleasdale's Scully, is his "absolute hero".

"I get to work with Drew, which is absolutely fantastic.

"It's about a group of taxi drivers and they've just had enough with the way the streets are being run and they can't take it anymore. They have a little bit of an uprising."

Car park fall

Filming has been taking place across Merseyside including a multi storey car park in Stephen's home town of Kirkby.

"I fell off them when I was a kid, I fell off the top floor playing tick with my cousins," he recalled.

Boardwalk Empire, which stars Steve Buscemi and Kelly MacDonald, is set in Atlantic City during the prohibition era.

The series won Best Drama at the 2011 Golden Globe awards.

Graham, who has had to adopt an American accent for role as Capone and played Scot Billy Bremner in The Damned United, says mimicking accents has always come naturally to him.

"When I was a kid I used to do impressions for my mum and dad, my nana and everyone and it's just sort of stuck really, I've got a good ear for it.

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"It was a big thing to do. On my first day the big line I had to say was 'I'm Al Capone' and so my bottle was going.

"One of the sparks, the key grip, he's my voice coach. He's born and bread from Brooklyn and I go and have dinner with his family and he's a lovely fella, very working class, and he just took me under his wing so all my accent is based on his accent."

He says his Liverpool background is an advantage working in America: "There is a lot of love for Liverpool, especially in New York.

"They think of it as kind of a little twin city in a way.

"I always get 'You know the Beatles?' and because there's a lot of history, I mean basically us Scousers [are] just lazy Irish that couldn't be bothered going to America.

"We got off the boat the first time and said 'Oh, we'll stay here'."

Graham will return to New York in March to start filming the second series of Boardwalk Empire.

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