Kieran Bew Set As Lead In ITV’s New Take On ‘Beowulf’

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Da Vinci’s Demons alum Kieran Bew has been cast as the lead in Beowulf, ITV’s new take on the literary hero from James Dormer, Tim Haines, Katie Newman and ITV Studios.

Penned by Strike Back scribe James Dormer, Beowulf follows the eponymous character who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Hrothgar. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.

Kieran Bew, whose previous UK television credits include WPC 56 and The Bletchley Circle, will play Beowulf. Other series regulars include: William Hurt (Humans) as Hrothgar, Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) as Rheda, Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as Slean and David Ajala (Black Box) as Rate. Ian Puleston-Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan and Itoya Osagiede also star.

Co-Creator James Dormer serves as an executive producer alongside ITV Studios’ Tim Haines and Katie Newman. The 13 episode series is the latest drama commissioned with an eye on potential lucrative international sales, which will be handled ITV’s international distribution division ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Production is set to commence in County Durham and Northumberland later this month.

Speaking at the time that Beowulf was commissioned, ITV’s Director Of Drama Steve November said: “Beowulf is a series with a charismatic protagonist at its heart. Equally it’s a spirited and fascinating ensemble drama with each character taking their own emotional and sometimes perilous journey. We’re delighted to be commissioning Beowulf and to be working with Tim Haines and his production team.”