Who is Marcella star Josh Herdman? Everything you need to know about the Eric actor

Learn all you need to know about the actor who plays Eric in the second series of the ITV crime drama starring Anna Friel.

Marcella is back and already gripping audiences with its second series on ITV.

The multi-layered crime drama stars Anna Friel as the eponymous Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland, alongside Ray Panthaki, Nicholas Pinnock, Jamie Bamber and Victoria Smurfit.

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Also appearing in the new series is Josh Herdman, who plays Eric – a former soldier who served in Afghanistan but is now struggling to make ends meet.

Find out more about the 30-year-old actor here.

Who is Josh Herdman?

Josh was born in Hampton, England to Martin and Jessica Herdman, the youngest of four boys. His father, Martin, had become an actor after a career in Rugby League, playing recurring parts in Bramwell, Coronation Street, Family Affairs, Soldier Soldier, and The Bill; Josh wanted to be an actor, so Martin helped find him an agent.

He got his big break at 13 when he was cast as Gregory Goyle, sidekick to Draco Malfoy, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

How many of the Harry Potter films was he in?

He went on to play Goyle in all seven of the Potter film adaptations. He actually narrowly missed out on winning the bigger role of Dudley Dursley to Harry Melling.

“I went through about four or five rounds for Dudley and got down to the final two but missed out on it,” he said some years later. “I didn’t hear anything for weeks and it was heartbreaking. But then I got a call asking me to audition for Goyle and got that.”

Josh Herdman in 2004.

What else have I seen Josh Herdman in?

Herdman was in all 47 episodes of the BBC children’s series UGetMe, which showed on CBBC from 2003 to 2005, playing the character Ben. He also had a role in an episode of The Bill.

After the final Harry Potter film in 2011, Herdman had a handful of roles — in films Piggy and Common People, and another young adults’ series Wizards vs. Aliens, but after 2013 he admitted that roles had ‘dried up’ and he was taking a step back from acting.

What did Herdman do then?

Remarkably, he decided to become a mixed martial arts cage fighter. “There was a lack of (acting) work about,” he told the Evening Standard in 2016. “My dad boxes and I had been doing jiu jitsu for five years so I took it [cage fighting] up as a passion project.”

Fughting as a welterweight, he won his first bout by unanimous decision in 2016, and fought again in February of this year – despite an upturn in his acting career – winning on a split decision over three rounds.

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What else should I know about Josh Herdman?

He acted alongside his father Martin in the 2016 feature Sink, and is currently filming a new movie version of Robin Hood, alongside Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan.

In his spare time, he enjoys going back home to Hampton, spending time with friends and family, reading and writing.