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Cowell signs on for The Borgias
Brendan Cowell in Howzat. Picture: Nine.

Australian actor Brendan Cowell has headed to Europe for a role in the successful cable TV drama The Borgias.

Cowell, who recently played Rod Marsh in Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, has scored a five-episode contract, News Limited papers report.

The third series is being shot in Hungary, and it's believed Cowell has been cast as a Jewish king.

The series, which screens on Showtime, is based on the life of Pope Alexander VI, and stars Jeremy Irons, Francois Arnaud and Holliday Grainger.