Niall played the role of Zane Donovan in the Syfy original series Eureka from seasons 2 – 5, the show’s final season. Initially a recurring role, he became a member of the main cast from season 4 onwards.
Eureka was centered on the small town of Eureka, Oregon, which housed some of the most brilliant scientists of the day, conducting experimental research funded by the US Department of Defense through a corporation called Global Dynamics. In the first episode, US Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) stumbles upon the town, becoming involved in the sometimes mysterious and bizarre goings on, and ends up being appointed the town sheriff.
The character of Zane was introduced in the season 2 episode “E=MC…”, as a brilliant but rebellious young scientist, who is brought to the town as an alternative to prison after being arrested for hacking into government databases. After a rocky start, he soon settles into the town, and develops a romantic relationship with Deputy Sheriff Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra).
Trivia: Niall was a troublesome teen himself, until his parents took extreme measures by sending him, age 17, to work with his grandfather on the oil rigs.
Following the season 4 premiere, in which five of the town’s residents (Jack Carter, Jo Lupo, Dr. Henry Deacon (Joe Morton), Dr. Alison Blake (Sally Richardson-Whitfield) and Dr. Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston)) are transported back in time, then back to an altered present-day reality, Zane and Jo’s relationship is erased from the timeline, with Zane having no memory of it. The season sees the pair struggle to come to terms with, and define, their complex relationship as well as the growth of Zane as a character as he strives to be seen as more than a former felon.
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Zane is first introduced in the episode E=MC.., and struggles to adjust to the expectations of his new surroundings, as well as to impress feisty Deputy Sheriff Jo Lupo. Read more
Zane’s relationship with Jo continues from strength to strength, as he begins to develop better relationships with others in the town. He also attracts the attention of Eva Thorne (Frances Fisher), who promotes him and entrusts him to assist her with the various investigations she is conducting in the town. Read more
This season sees a major change in the timeline for Zane, as his relationship with Jo Lupo is erased from history. Reverting to more of his bad boy persona, Zane struggles to come to terms with the implications of his alternative relationship with Jo, and with proving himself beyond the expectations of his peers. Read more
Zane struggles to readjust following his experiences in virtual reality. His friendship with Fargo continues to grow, leading to his appointment as head of Section Five. The final episode of the series sees Jo and Zane struggling to overcome their difficulties as they look to what their respective futures hold. Read more