Current Doctor Who companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman has been cast to star in the new BBC1 period drama, Death Comes To Pemberley.
Death Comes Pemberley, written by P.D James, was written as a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set six years after the original story ended, following the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.
Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald in the hit BBC family sci-fi entertainment series Doctor Who, has been cast to play Lydia Wickham, who ran away to elope with Mr Wickham in the original novel, bringing shame and controversy to the Bennet family.
She is joined by Anna Maxwell Martin who has been cast to play Elizabeth Bennet, Matthew Rhys playing Mr Darcy and Matthew Goode who is due to play Mr Wickham as main cast members.
Other cast members include Trevor Eve as Sir Selwyn Hardcastle, Rebecca Front as Mrs Bennett, James Fleet as Mr Bennett, Penelope Keith as Lady Catherine de Burgh, Joanna Scanlan as Mrs Reynolds, Tom Ward as Colonel Fitzwilliam, Eleanor Tomlinson as Georgiana Darcy and James Norton as Mr Alveston.
Former Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens had originally been linked to the role of Mr Darcy, a part played by Colin Firth in the original BBC adaptation, with US actress Claire Danes linked to the part of Elizabeth.
On Casting Danes, who played Juliett in the 90’s hit adaption of Romeo and Juliett, the spin-off’s producer David Thompson told the Sunday Times newspaper in February: “Yes, she’s American but of course she can do British. She is also married to a Brit.”
Shooting of Death Comes To Pemberley is due to start later this month in Yorkshire with the series will be directed by Daniel Percival.
Watch an interview with PD James, the author, discussing Death Comes To Pemberley in the clip below: