A Discovery Of Witches Casts Alex Kingston And Lindsay Duncan

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The cast of the Sky One adaptation A Discovery of Witches is coming along greatly.

While we already know that Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) will play Diana Bishop, an alchemical history professor and that Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) is set to play the vampire Matthew Clairmont, for whom Diana will fall. It was also already reported that Sherlock’s very own Louise Brealey takes on the role of Gillian Chamberlain.

Though obviously, this is not all of the cast and two very well-known actresses have joined it, which RadioTimes exclusively reported.

None other than Alex Kingston, who is best known among fans as Dr. River Song in Doctor Who, was cast as Sarah Bishop, Diana’s aunt. Sarah is a central character of the story and a “powerful witch and fierce protector of her family,” who is also known for her honesty and speaking her mind.

“I’m thrilled to be working again with Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner,” the actress has said about her new engagement. “They brought me into Doctor Who and introduced me to Cardiff! And I am back again… A home from home, with a terrific cast and crew.”

Lindsay Duncan, who most know as Lady Smallwood in Sherlock,  was also cast in the upcoming adaptation. The actress will portray Matthew’s mother Ysabeau de Clermont, who has a “powerful dislike of witches.”

“It was only a matter of time before I was asked to play a vampire. At last!” Duncan said. “I’m thrilled to be involved in the series. I know Bad Wolf [the production company] will make something really special.”

Along Duncan and Kingston, Valarie Pettiford (The Blacklist) and Tanya Moodie (Sherlock) have also been cast in the show. While Pettiford will play Emily Mather, Sarah Bishop’s partner, Moodie is set to play Agatha Wilson, one of the daemon members of the Congregation.

“I’m overjoyed to be part of such a fine cast,” Moodie said. “Agatha is a beautifully layered character to be playing. I love the book and look forward to sharing this amazing project with its many fans.”

Principle production is already well underway in Cardiff.

A Discovery of Witches will premiere on Sky 1 in 2018.

Anna Hattingen