Anna Friel 'thrilled' to take lead in new ITV crime drama
Odyssey actress Anna Friel and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael are to star in ITV's new crime drama, Marcella.
The pair will be joined by former Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies, Fortitude's Nicholas Pinnock and ex-EastEnders star Ray Panthaki in the eight-part noir thriller.
Marcella, focusing on a British Metropolitan police detective and single mother's return to the murder squad, will be the first English show by Swedish screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt, who created the Scandinavian thriller The Bridge.
Friel, who will play the lead role of Det Sgt Marcella Summers, said: "I'm thrilled to be working on Hans Rosenfeldt's first English drama.
"Scandinavian storytelling is hugely inspiring but we Brits usually have to settle for doing a remake, so to be working with Hans on an original piece for ITV is a true privilege.
"Marcella is a complex woman and a wonderful layered character.
"Hans's marvellous scripts have drawn a fantastic cast and crew together.
"I can't wait to begin."
Nina Sosanya, who has appeared in W1A and Last Tango In Halifax, and actors Jamie Bamber, Patrick Baladi and Harry Lloyd will also star in the series, which will start filming in and around London in coming days.