The Alex Rider television series features an all-star cast – including a recognisable face from the Harry Potter films. Read on to find out more about the star’s cameo.

The long-awaited Alex Rider television show finally premiered on Amazon Prime in early June 2020. The series stars an ensemble cast including Stephen Dillane, Vicky McClure, Andrew Buchan, Brenock O’Connor and Otto Farrant, in the title role. However, one cast member is known for a different franchise altogether.

Joshua Herdman, 33, played the role of Slytherine crony Gregory Goyle in Harry Potter. The character, one of Draco Malfoy’s (Tom Felton) main associates, regularly tormented Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends. Additionally, Herdman is one of the few Harry Potter actors who appeared in all 8 films and is now also a martial artist.

His Alex Rider character, “Stan”, is a barber and tattoo artist. He provides Alex with the haircut needed at Point Blanc Academy. Furthermore, considering the character’s demise in the final Potter film, any theories that this could be Goyle under a false Muggle identity are out. Not to mention the fact that Harry Potter took place in the 90s while Alex Rider is a contemporary adaptation.

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Fans on Twitter have also noticed Herdman’s appearance in Alex Rider, with one writing: “The actor who played Goyle is the tattoo artist in Alex Rider. Whew this is the first i’ve seen him in anything after Harry Potter.”

Alex Rider is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Follow writer Conor O’Brien on Twitter and Instagram – @CourageousConor.

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