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Anna Friel returns to small screen


Anna Friel is starring in a new ITV drama

Anna Friel is starring in a new ITV drama

Anna Friel is starring in a new ITV drama

Anna Friel is making a return to the small screen in a new three-part drama.

Anna, who stars in the upcoming film London Boulevard alongside Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, will play the lead role in What To Do When Someone Dies.

The drama is based on a novel by Nicci Gerrard and Sean French and is written by theatre writer Charlotte Jones.

Anna will play Ellie Manning, a grieving wife whose husband dies in a car crash with a mystery woman in the passenger seat. The three 60-minute parts will follow Ellie as she tries to find out the truth about the woman in her husband's car.

Last year, Rochdale-born Anna made appearances in the BBC series The Street as well as the American comedy-drama Pushing Daisies made by ABC.

She also starred as the glamorous Holly Golightly in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Her latest venture will be filmed in London and Manchester next spring and broadcast on ITV by Sally Head Productions.

Sally Head, executive producer, said: "Newly widowed Ellie's journey of bereavement and absolute determination to prove that the woman who died beside her husband was not his lover will prove stirring and compelling stuff. This is a script full of heart that will make you laugh and cry - a memorable and modern tale of enduring love."

The drama will be produced by Nigel Marchant, who is also behind the successful ITV series Downton Abbey, and directed by Tim Fywell, of Waking The Dead fame.