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Stephen Rea to join cast of BBC spy thriller The Honourable Woman

By Anthony Barnes

Oscar-nominated Northern Ireland star Stephen Rea has joined the cast of thriller series The Honourable Woman.

He joins join Hollywood star Maggie Gyllenhaal in the seven-part drama to be screened on BBC2 next year.

Rea plays Hugh Hayden-Hoyle – a top MI6 spy on the verge of retirement, who is digging into the family of his colleague Nessa Stein, the honourable woman of the title, played by Gyllenhaal.

Actress Janet McTeer has also joined the line-up.

McTeer – twice up for an Academy Award for her performances in Albert Nobbs and Tumbleweeds – will portray the head of MI6 in the production written and directed by Hugo Blick, who created tense conspiracy drama The Shadow Line.

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