Ben Barnes (Westworld) has been cast to star opposite Julia Ormond in BBC One’s six episode drama series Gold Digger.
He will play Benjamin Golding, the thirty something copywriter with a shrouded past who becomes involved with an older woman, Julia Day (Ormond).
“I’m thrilled to be joining the exciting cast and creative team in telling this unexpected, modern relationship story with the opportunity to play such a complex and enigmatic character”, Barnes said.
Gold Digger tells the story of wealthy 60 year old Julia as she falls in love with Benjamin, a man 25 years her junior. As the series progresses the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is explored and the secrets of their past are revealed. Has Julia finally found the happiness she’s always deserved? Or is Benjamin really the gold digger they think he is?
The series, which hails from Thriteen scribe Marnie Dickens, is set up at Mainstreet Pictures – the indie set up in 2013 by former ITV drama execs Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. Tim Bradley (Death In Paradise) is the producer, while Vanessa Caswill (Little Women, Thirteen) will direct the first three episodes. The executive producers are Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes for Mainstreet Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Marnie Dickens.