Ben Daniels (House of Cards), Lisa Millett (Pillars of The Earth), Katie Moore (Merlin), Edie Whitehead, Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs, Downstairs), Kevin Guthrie (Restless) and Branka Katic (Red Widow) have all joined the cast of BBC One’s period drama series The Paradise for its upcoming second season.
Daniels has been cast as Tom Weston, an enigmatic former soldier and Katherine’s (Elaine Cassidy) new husband; Millett as Myrtle, the bawdy but kind-hearted new cook; Moore as Susy; Whitehead as Tom’s daughter Flora; Scarborough as Fenton. Filming on season two is now underway.
The Paradise is an adaptation of French novel by Emile Zola and follows the ambitious and big hearted Denise Lovett who arrives in the City to find work. She finds a job at The Paradise, the first ever department store.The store provides the catalyst for her rags-to-riches story as she falls in love with the exhilarating and dangerous charms of the modern world and her eyes are opened to a whole new world of possibilities. The drama series is produced by BBC Drama Productions and features a large cast which includes Emun Elliott, Joanna Vanderham, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire, Matthew McNulty, Peter Wight, David Hayman, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy, Ruby Bentall, Finn Burridge, Patrick Malahide and Olivia Hallinan.
Speaking of joining the series, Ben Daniels said: “I’m a huge Émile Zola fan and when Bill Gallagher said he was writing a new character for The Paradise and had me in mind for the role, I knew I wanted to play Tom Weston before I’d even read a word of the script. Tom’s a fascinating animal and will certainly be ruffling a few feathers (and silks!) along the way. I’m really looking forward to the next few months of filming.”