Andrew Scott, best known for his role as Moriarty on Sherlock, is joining the cast of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC Three comedy Fleabag for its second season, which has now started filming. Details about the character he will be playing are being kept under wraps.
“I can’t believe they let me do this AGAIN. I’m so happy to be back with the incredible Fleabag team and I’m as surprised as anyone about where this series has taken us… thank God for Andrew Scott”, Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge said in a statement.
Fleabag follows the titular character, a dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching young woman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy. As she hurls herself headlong at modern living, Fleabag is thrown roughly up against the walls of contemporary London.
The comedy series is produced by Two Brothers Pictures in association with DryWrite for the BBC and Amazon, the latter of whom serves as the U.S. broadcaster. Andrew Scott joins a cast that is headlined by Waller-Bridge and also includes Olivia Colman, Sian Clifford, Bill Paterson, Brett Gelman, Jenny Rainsford and Hugh Skinner.
Season two, which was commissioned a year ago, is written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Harry Bradbeer. The producer is Sarah Hammond, and executive producers are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Harry Bradbeer, Lydia Hampson and Jack and Harry Williams for Two Brothers Pictures. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton. All3Media International serves as the global distributor for Fleabag.
“The series 2 scripts are knockout – sparkling with Phoebe’s unique voice that combines a whip smart complexity of character with pin sharp funny lines scattered everywhere”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen, who commissioned the second season alongside BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. “The themes of this series are very distinct from the first series which delivers on the challenge Phoebe set herself. It’s a superb team and cast from top to bottom and with Fleabag you can never escape a reference to the bottom.”
In addition to moving forward with a second season of Fleabag, the BBC is also getting ready to launch Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s other major TV project Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), to UK audiences on BBC One and BBC Three next month.