My Mad Fat Diary alum Jodie Comer has been tapped to play the lead in Thirteen, BBC Three’s five episode drama series from up and coming writer Marnie Dickens and BBC In-House Drama Production England. The role brings Comer back to the BBC after she recently starred in their adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Described as a “psychological drama about who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself”, Thirteen follows Ivy Moxham (Jodie Comer), who escapes from the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years. The series explores Ivy’s journey as she is reunited with her family and the effects of such a traumatic ordeal.
Comer leads a cast that includes Aneurin Barnard (War and Peace), Richard Rankin (From Darkness), Valene Kane (The Fall), Natasha Little (Wolf Hall), Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Joe Layton (Tatau), Katherine Rose Morley (Last Tango in Halifax), Eleanor Wyld (Misfits), Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire). Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Melina Matthews, Chipo Chung, Colin Mace, Suzette Llewellyn and Charles Babalola also star.
“I am beyond excited to be working with the BBC as part of the cast of Thirteen. Marnie Dickens’ writing is truly remarkable and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring Ivy to life. Imagine the most unimaginable happening”, said Comer. “Life turning completely on its head, with the actions of one person affecting so many lives. We as humans, even though we doubt ourselves, have this amazing strength within us to cope in the most terrifying situations, and Marnie explores that so beautifully. With Vanessa Caswill’s vision and such a truly talented cast and crew, I cannot wait to introduce you all to this world that so often becomes people’s reality.”
Thirteen was created by Ripper Street and Hollyoaks scribe Marnie Dickens and is being produced by BBC In-House Drama Production England. Hugh Warren is the series producer, while Elizabeth Kilgarriff will serve as the executive producer. Vanessa Caswill and China Moo-Young have boarded the project and will serve as the directors. Production on the show’s five episode order began earlier this week in and around Bristol. Thirteen is expected to premiere on BBC Three in early 2016.