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Ben Hardy lands lead in BBC's The Woman in White

Ben Hardy will star alongside Jessie Buckley, Dougray Scott and Charles Dance in the adaptation of Wilkie Collins' famous novel.

Ex EastEnders star Ben Hardy has landed the lead in the BBC's new psychological thriller The Woman in White.

The 26-year-old actor, most famous for playing Peter Beale in the BBC soap for two years, will star in Fiona Seres' adaptation of Wilkie Collins' famous novel.

The Woman in White tells the tale of a young school teacher called Walter Hartright, who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of a female spirit dressed entirely in white.

He will be joined by Jessie Buckley, Dougray Scott and Charles Dance, and said he is more than a little excited about his new gig.

"I have always admired and been a fan of the BBC's period dramas and I'm so thrilled to be playing the leading role of Walter in this classic story," Ben said in a statement.

Fiona previously penned The Silence, and is hoping her version of The Woman in White will be as successful as previous incarnations.

"This is a powerful, poignant story and I have absolutely loved adapting this epic for the screen," she said. "I'm thrilled it's attracted such an exciting, high-calibre cast who I know will bring it to life in a unique and intimate way."

Production is currently underway in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the tale will be told in five 60-minute episodes.

Executive producer David Thompson added: "We’re delighted to be bringing Wilkie Collins’ gripping novel to the screen. The story’s rich canopy of characters will be well-served by a wonderful multi-talented cast. We’re very excited to see this mix of new and exciting talents and much loved TV stars combine to bring a fresh and dynamic take to this classic tale."

As well as his television career, Ben landed his Hollywood debut when he was cast as Angel in 2016 movie X-Men: Apocalypse.

Speaking to Canada's Space magazine about making the move from the small screen to the silver screen, Ben said: "Film has always been my ultimate goal. I’m a cinephile. I love film. I always go to the cinema, or I try to watch one film a day. To be a film actor is always what I wanted to do."

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