Most people know Lousie Brealey as mousy Molly Hooper in Sherlock, who managed to come out of her shell a bit in season four. Some may have recognized her in BBC Three’s Clique as a strong, yet caring professor Jude McDermid.
Soon, more people will know who she is, as the actress has been cast as an American witch called Gillian Chamberlain in the adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, RadioTimes reported earlier.
“It’s this sort of cult series of books where witches and vampires and demons live among us, in the modern day. So it’s set at Oxford University or thereabouts,“ Brealey told RadioTimes and adds: “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. A lot of vampires and witches.”
Teresa Palmer will also star in the upcoming Sky 1 show and is set to play Diana, an alchemical history professor. She discovers an ancient manuscript that forces her to embrace the magic hidden in her blood.
Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode will also play a part in the series. Goode will take on the role of Matthew Clairmont, a charming vampire who will charm Diana. The two embark on a forbidden romance in Harkness’s trilogy.
Other actors who will join A Discovery of Witches are not unknown either and you might recognize some of those names: Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat) as Hamish Osborne, Gregg Chillin (DaVinci’s Demons) as Domenico Michele, Aiysha Hart (Atlantis) as Miriam Shephard, and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) as Peter Knox just to name a few.
Former Doctor Who producer Julie Gardner’s and ex-BBC drama commissioner Jane Tranter’s production company Bad Wolf productions is set to produce A Discovery of Witches.
Principle production has started today (September 11th) in Cardiff.
A release date has not been set yet, but we will keep you updated.
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