ITV is adding to the cast of Liar. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge, The Night Manager), Howard Charles (The Widow, Musketeers) and Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey, My Fair Lady) have joined the series for its upcoming second season.
Katherine Kelly has been cast as DI Karen Renton; Howard Charles as Carl Peterson and Amy Nuttall as Winnie Peterson. They join returning main cast members Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Forever).
Liar tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Newell (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew Ellis (Ioan Gruffudd) forever, Laura is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene. Andrew is a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at Laura’s school. An initial attraction leads to a date, but neither fully realises the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families.
The first season wrapped its run in October 2017 and closed with the discovery of Andrew Earlham’s murdered body. The show’s second season picks up three weeks after an arrest warrant was issued for Andrew Earlham for the sexual assault of 19 women. When Andrew’s body is found in the Kent marshes, Detective Inspector Renton alongside DS Rory Maxwell are tasked with uncovering clues about Andrew’s past and unpacking the events of the three crucial weeks leading up to his murder.
The drama series was created by Harry and Jack Williams and is being produced by their indie Two Brothers Pictures for ITV and SundanceTV in association with All3Media International. James Dean is the series producer, while James Strong and Chris Sweeney are attached to direct. The executive producers are Harry and Jack Williams, Christopher Aird and James Strong. Filming on the show’s six episode second season is now underway.
“We’re delighted both Joanne and Ioan are returning to Liar as Laura and Andrew with Katherine Kelly joining the cast as DI Karen Renton”, said ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, who commissioned the series. “We’re sure audiences will once again be gripped by the story as Harry and Jack Williams keep you guessing over who killed Andrew.”
While series creators and executive producers Harry and Jack Williams added: “It has been a joy returning to Liar and our reunion with Joanne and Ioan. Equally we are thrilled to have Katherine Kelly on board as DI Renton after her stellar performance in Cheat.”