Nikki Amuka-Bird (NW, Hard Sun), Alex Jennings (Unforgotten, The Crown), Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple), Sebastian Armesto (Poldark, Broadchurch), Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen, Trauma) and Archie Renaux have joined the cast of BBC One’s six episode drama series Gold Digger. They will star opposite series leads Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes.
Nikki Amuka-Bird has been cast as Marsha, Julia’s former best friend; Alex Jennings as Ted, Julia’s ex-husband; Julia McKenzie as Hazel, Ted’s Mother; Sebastian Armesto as Patrick, Julia’s eldest son; Jemima Rooper as Della, the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button; and Archie Renaux as Leo, the baby of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father.
Gold Digger tells the story of wealthy 60 year old Julia Day (Julia Ormond) as she falls in love with Benjamin, (Ben Barnes) a man 26 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 was created by 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 is the producer, while Vanessa Caswill and David Evans are attached to direct. The executive producers are Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes and Guy de Glanville for Mainstreet Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Marnie Dickens. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling global sales Production is now underway in Devon and London.