Hollander to play Welsh poet Thomas
Tom Hollander is to play Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in a new drama about his final days in New York.
The writer, author of the radio play Under Milk Wood, died in the US city in 1953, aged 39.
The BBC Two show, called A Poet In New York, is written by Andrew Davies - the man behind Little Dorrit and Mr Selfridge.
Rev star Tom said he was "thrilled" with the role, saying: "Thomas was a great poet, whose blazing life and premature death left both a considerable poetic legacy and an enduring reputation for bad behaviour. He was also quite fat. Playing him is both a wonderful acting challenge and a great opportunity to eat things that I would normally have to avoid."
The drama, which will be shown next year, also stars Trainspotting actor Ewen Bremner and Essie Davis as the poet's wife, Caitlin.
She said: "I am very excited to be part of this production and working with this terrific team on A Poet In New York. I played Polly Garter in Under Milk Wood in high school and have loved Dylan Thomas since that first meeting. Caitlin has an interesting story to tell and it is thrilling to be part of a project celebrating the centenary of his birth."
Writer Andrew said: "I'm delighted that we've secured Tom Hollander to play Dylan. He's a wonderful actor, with a striking resemblance to the poet. He's captured the wonderful voice, and he has, more than any other actor I can think of, that outrageous charm that drew so many people to Dylan."