Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion), Natasha Little (Kidnap and Ransom), Oliver Chris (Green Wing), Zoe Boyle (Sons of Anarchy), Joanna Page (The Syndicate), Catherine Steadman (The Tudors), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Ronny Jhutti (Vexed) and Pippa Haywood (Mr Selfridge) have joined the cast of ITV’s upcoming drama series Breathless. The join previously announced cast member Jack Davenport (Smash). Production on the series is currently underway in London.
Shaun Dingwall has been cast as Dr Charlie Enderbury, a experienced anaesthetist; Natasha Little as Elizabeth, Otto’s wife, both of whom are hiding a devastating secret about their marriage – an event in their past which could shatter the careful illusion they have created; Oliver Chris as Dr Richard Truscott, a junior consultant who oozes boyish confidence and charm in the face of his medical students and is constantly irritated by Otto’s superiority; Zoe Boyle as Jean, a sensual and fiery nurse who is engaged to Dr Richard Truscott; Joanna Page as Lily, a fromer nnurse who is married to Dr Charlie Enderbury; Catherine Steadman as Angela, Jean’s sister who arrives from Portsmouth to take a job in the hospital; and Ronny Jhutti as Dr Mehta, the newly appointed Chief of Anaesthesiology.
Created by Paul Unwin and Peter Grimsdale, Breathless is set in 1961, at a time when Britain was on the brink of the ‘60s revolution – abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill is only just available to married women. Set in and around a busy Gynaecology unit in an NHS hospital, the drama series follows the lives of a group of doctors and nurses. Seemingly the normal workplace, under this veneer simmers a cauldron of lies, deceptions and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex. The series revolves around Otto Powell, a brilliant and charismatic surgeon, who passionately believes he can make a difference to women’s lives, even if that means risking imprisonment under the abortion laws of 1961. ITV Studios is producing with Unwin and Kate Bartlett serving as executive producers. Paul Unwin and Marek Losey are directing.