Niall appeared in the fourth season of When Calls the Heart as single father Shane Cantrell, which aired in 2017. Season five is due to air in 2018.
The show was developed from a 2013 original Hallmark movie of the same name, itself developed from the novel by Janette Oke. It was overhauled, with a mainly new cast, into a television series in 2014, and has just completed its fourth season, which aired on the Hallmark Channel.
Trivia: As well as Erin Krakow (Finding Father Christmas), Niall has previously worked with Pascale Hutton (Arctic Air) and Kavan Smith (Eureka and Stargate Atlantis).
The series follows a Canadian community in the early 1900’s, struggling to overcome the challenges of establishing their town under often difficult circumstances. It focuses primarily on teacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), and her beau, Canadian Mountie Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing).
The show has developed a loyal fanbase (dubbed ‘Hearties’) who appreciate its focus on personal relationships and family values.
Niall plays single father to Philip (fantastically portrayed by young Liam Hughes), struggling to cope with the loss of his wife some years previously during childbirth, and dealing with the resulting strained relationship with his son. Throughout the season he not only begins to develop his relationship with his son, but also begins to open himself up to new friendships, and possibilities, within the town. As well as a friendship with Elizabeth Thacther, he also begins to develop a romantic relationship with nurse Faith Carter.
Niall recently gave an interview to Christy Spratlin at TV Junkies, discussing his role in the show and other projects. Niall Matter Interview – Christy Spratlin (TV Junkies)
He also appeared in an extended sneak peak clip for the episode “Heart of the Community”. Extended Preview – Heart of the Community
Highlights of the same episode, featuring Niall, can be found here Highlights – First Steps
Highlight of his final appearance of the season, in “Heart of a Secret” can be found here Highlights – A New Romance Emerges
Appearances: Season Four – Episodes; “The Heart of the Community” (airdate March 5, 2017), “Change of Heart” (airdate March 12, 2017), “The Heart of a Teacher” (airdate March 19, 2017), “My Heart Will Go On” (airdate March 26, 2017), “Heart of a Secret” (airdate April 16, 2017)
External Link: Hallmark Channel