Polly Walker (Warehouse 13), Aidan McArdle (Garrow’s Law) and Cal Macaninch (Donwnton Abbey) have joined the cast of ITV’s period drama series Mr Selfridge for its upcoming 10 episode second season, which just recently entered production in London.
Walker has been cast as Delphine Day, a Bohemian novelist and business woman who quickly becomes friends with Rose. Delphine is self-assured, inspiring and a breath of fresh air for Rose. As the owner of the infamous Delphine’s Club in Soho, she begins to empower Rose and leaves Harry feeling beleaguered and sidelined. McArdle has been cast as Lord Loxley. Loxley is an alpha male who creates tensions and animosity at every turn and his unsettling presence threatens to drive a wedge between Harry and Lady Mae. While Macaninch has been cast as the new Head of Fashion Mr Thackeray. Mr Thackeray spent his formative years working in Paris and relishes the opportunity to remind his colleagues of his illustrious training. He considers himself a cut above the other staff, especially Agnes Towler, played by Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers, Dive), who he views as competition from the outset.
Mr Selfridge is set in London in 1909, at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street. The drama series stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Frances O’Connor (Piccadily Jim), Gregory Fitoussi (Spiral), Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers), Trystan Gravelle (Anonymous) and Zoe Tapper (Desperate Romantics). Mr Selfridge is produced by ITV Studios and PBS Masterpiece, with Rebecca Eaton, Chrissy Skins and Kate Lewis serving as executive producers. The series was renewed by ITV in February after the first season pulled in a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers and averaged a consolidated audience of 8.5 million viewers.