Anna Friel Set As Lead In ITV’s ‘Marcella’, Jamie Bamber & Laura Carmichael Also Cast

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OdysseyITV has set the core cast for Marcella.

Anna Friel, who most recently starred in NBC’s thriller series American Odyssey (pictured), has been tapped to play the lead in the eight episode cop drama from Broen (AKA The Bridge) creator Hans Rosenfeld, TVWise has learned.

“I’m thrilled to be working on Hans Rosenfeldt’s first English drama. Scandinavian storytelling is hugely inspiring but we Brits usually have to settle for doing a remake, so to be working with Hans on an original piece for ITV is a true privilege”, said Friel. “Marcella is a complex woman and a wonderful layered character. Hans’ marvellous scripts have drawn a fantastic cast and crew together. I can’t wait to begin.”

Marcella follows the eponymous character (Friel) who, following the end of her marriage and her daughter’s move to boarding school, returns to The Met’s elite Murder Squad. A spate of recent killings have occurred which bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed when she was last on the force, more than a decade ago. Marcella is immediately assigned to the case she first worked on in 2003. The killer was never caught and more bodies have been discovered with the same MO. Marcella must determine if these are copycat killings or if the undetected murderer from has resurfaced.

Jamie Bamber - The Smoke 2Rounding out the cast is Jamie Bamber (The Smoke, Battlestar Galactica), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Captain America), Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street, Being Human), Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax), Ray Panthaki (Convenience), Patrick Baladi (The Office, Mistresses), and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything).

Marcella was created by Rosenfeldt and marks the first project he has created specifically for the UK market. Buccaneer Media is producing, with Hans Rosenfeldt, Nicola Larder and Tony Wood executive producing. Law & Order: UK’s Andrew Woodhead has come on-baord as the series producer. The team of directors lined up to helm blocks of episodes include Charles Martin (The Returned), Jonathan Teplitzky (Broadchurch) and Henrik Georgsson (Wallander). Production on Marcella gets underway later this month in London for a 2016 premiere.