Ben Barnes is probably best known as Prince Caspian of Narnia and a lot of girls and guys who watched the movie fell in love with the dashing prince.
Since then, however, it has been ten years (I KNOW!) and Ben Barnes is much more than the dashing prince we fell in love with. He has stared in numerous well-known TV shows like Marvel’s The Punisher and HBO’s Westworld, as well as movies like Dorian Gray, in which he played the titular role.
However, now we have plenty more of Barnes on our screens to look forward to in the future.
Deadline exclusively reported that the British actor will take on the lead role in the BBC One drama Gold Digger, opposite Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Temple Grandin, Mad Men). It also marks the first British role Barnes will play in over a decade.
Gold Digger is about Julia Day (Ormond), a mother and a wife, who always put the needs of others before her own. One day, she falls in love with Benjamin Golding (Barnes), who is 25 years younger than her. The upcoming show will look at how their relationship will impact her family as the secrets of their past are revealed and in the course of the show, we will find out if Benjamin is really the gold digger that Julia’s family think he is or if he is truly genuine with her.
It does sound like a show that is not only packed with drama but also excitement and lots of suspicion, which will make for great television, I’m sure.
Ben Barnes is equally thrilled to join the BBC One drama, as we and the production team are about him joining: “I’m thrilled to be joining the exciting cast and creative team in telling this unexpected, modern relationship story with the opportunity to play such a complex and enigmatic character,” the actor said.
The drama will be produced by Mainstreet Pictures, which is owned by ITV. Tim Bradley will produce and Vanessa Caswill will direct the first three episodes. Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes will be the executive producers for Mainstreet Pictures, as well as Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Dickens.