Aisling Loftus 'overwhelmed' by casting for BBC's War And Peace adaptation
Rising star Aisling Loftus was "overwhelmed" to be cast in the hotly-anticipated BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War And Peace.
The 25-year-old, who will star as Sonya with a cast including Lily James, Gillian Anderson, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Paul Dano, is still getting used to fame after playing Agnes Towler in Mr Selfridge.
Loftus, whose boyfriend is actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm in Game of Thrones, told The Mail On Sunday's You Magazine: "To be honest, I'm often the last one to to realise how well things are going.
"'I'll say to my boyfriend, 'Oh, I've just been offered this little role'. And he'll say, 'You've just been offered what? Wow! That is amazing!' He's a brilliant antidote to my tendency to talk myself down.'"
The actress, whose first name is pronounced 'Ash-ling', read Tolstoy's hefty novel for the first time after she won the part.
She said: "I was overwhelmed when I was cast as Sonya. When I first heard they were making War And Peace, I thought, 'No way!' It just seemed so big and impressive.
"When I got the part I thought, 'I'm going to have to read it now!' As it turned out, I absolutely loved it and I couldn't believe how modern Tolstoy's work felt."
As well as a big BBC drama, Loftus has set her sights on Hollywood in 2016.
She said: "I have a series of meetings there and my ultimate fantasy would be to appear in one of those brilliant American series that we all love to watch in this country. I'm pretty nervous about it, mostly because it seems so presumptuous to be saying, 'I'm good enough for this'. It takes a lot of courage to dare to believe that it could happen."
War And Peace will air on BBC One next Sunday at 9pm.