Fleabag’s Sian Clifford and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay lead stellar line-up for Life After Life as filming begins for new BBC drama
Filming has now begun on the adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s critically-acclaimed novel, which follows heroine Ursula Todd having alternative possible lives.
Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie, 20, will take on the lead role of Ursula, while Sian, 39, will play her mother Sylvie.
Talent: Fleabag’s Sian Clifford (left) and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay (right) lead the stellar line-up for the new BBC drama, Life After Life
Also joining the cast in the four-part drama is James McArdle, who will play Ursula’s father Hugh, and Jessica Hynes (Years and Years).
They are joined by Patsy Ferran (Black Narcissus), Harry Michell (Yesterday), Laurie Kynaston (The Trouble with Maggie Cole) Joshua Hill (Small Axe) and Maria Laird (Derry Girls).
The series is being directed by BAFTA award-winning director John Crowley (Brooklyn, Boy A).
Main character: Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie (pictured), 20, will take on the lead role of Ursula, while Sian, 39, will play her mother Sylvie
The story will follow Ursula as she is born one night in 1910, but dies before she draws her first breath.
On that same night in 1910, Ursula is reborn and survives. Time and time again, living and dying in different circumstances, Ursula is reborn into a new, alternative iteration of life once more.
The compelling story follows Ursula as she navigates each new life, through a critical era which spans two world wars, an encounter with Hitler and major life events.
Of playing the lead role, Thomasin said: ‘I’m drawn to Life After Life because it makes me laugh, cry, clench my fists in anger or whoop with empowerment.
Critically-acclaimed show: Sian is best known for playing Claire, the older sister of the titular character in the BBC comedy-drama series Fleabag (pictured with Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
Period drama: Jessica played Lady Sybil Crawley in the ITV television series Downton Abbey
‘Bash has done a stunning job at adapting Kate Atkinson’s masterpiece, and working with John has already taught me a great deal – reinforcing my love for collaborating and creating.’
Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell, executive producers for House Productions, added: ‘We feel extremely lucky to have worked with John Crowley and Fiona Weir to assemble such a very special cast – some of the UK’s most talented actors for this wonderful story of Ursula Todd’s many fascinating, joyful, traumatic, amusing and surprising lives.
‘And in Thomasin, we have found our perfect heroine for Bash’s beautiful scripts. With her luminous intelligence, she brings an extraordinary maturity to this part.’
Life After Life will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with the premiere date yet to be confirmed.
Stellar line-up: Also joining the cast in the four-part drama is James McArdle, who will play Ursula’s father Hugh