Photo by Jimmy KingMichael C. Hall spent eight years playing a serial killer on TV. Thursday night, he brought someone back to life, if at least in spirit.

Hall, best known for playing the title role on Dexter, channeled David Bowie as he performed “Lazarus,” from the music legend’s final album, Blackstar, at Thursday’s 2016 Mercury Prize ceremony in London.

It’s hardly a stretch — Hall worked with Bowie on, and starred in, the off-Broadway production Lazarus, which premiered in New York last December, and he’ll reprise the role in London’s West End from October through January. But in front of a backdrop of Bowie’s video for the song, Hall, backed by a band, including backing singers and a horn section, summoned the soul of the late singer, capturing his intonation and inflections while adding some of his own.

Hall also honored Bowie in June at the fashion industry’s CFDA Awards in New York, where Bowie was given the Board of Directors Award. Actress and family friend Tilda Swinton accepted the award, and Hall sang “Changes” as models walked across the stage wearing some of Bowie’s iconic outfits.

Blackstar, Bowie’s 25th album, was released January 8, on his 69th birthday. He died two days later after an 18-month battle with cancer. It was one of the dozen albums on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize, presented by a panel of judges to the best album, regardless of genre, released by a British or Irish artist in a given year. The award was won by grime artist Skepta for Konnichiwa; he gave “rest in piece” shout-outs to Bowie and Amy Winehouse before launching into his song “Man” at the award ceremony.

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