Paul Mescal, aka Connell, can play the piano and ‘Normal People’ fans are losing it

11 May 2020, 14:48 | Updated: 11 May 2020, 15:36

Paul Mescal, aka Connell, can play the piano and ‘Normal People’ fans are losing it
Paul Mescal, aka Connell, can play the piano and ‘Normal People’ fans are losing it. Picture: Instagram/Paul Mescal | BBC Three/Normal People

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

It’s been 15 days since Normal People hit our screens, and the hype is still rife. Now, people are getting thirsty for Paul Mescal’s (aka Connell’s) dexterous piano-playing.

Since Normal People hit our screens two weeks ago, Connell and Marianne his chain have come to occupy a special place in our hearts.

And it turns out Irish actor Paul Mescal, who plays Connell, also has a great musical ear.

In an Instagram video (watch below), Mescal sings a delightful rendering of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’, providing chordal accompaniment on his home digital piano. He captions the video “My sister @nellmescal is better than me!” (his sister, Nell, is a singer-songwriter).

It’s a treat for the eyes and the ears.

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As you can see if you dive into the comments section, Mescal’s fans are going absolutely bananas. “Where’s your chain?” asks one fan, while another offers a marriage proposal.

For Mescal, becoming a heartthrob overnight must be a little weird. But it’s not hard to understand the hype around the show.

Sally Rooney’s telling of two people’s profound, life-changing love for each other, yet fatal inability to communicate, has quickly become this generation’s love story – one which lends itself so powerfully to the screen.

If you want to hear more delightful keyboard work from Mescal, drop into his Instagram highlights. There’s one called ‘Singing’ that’s worth a minute of your lockdown time.