Cast announced for ITV’s new emotional thriller Deep Water as principal photography begins in the Lake District.

Anna Friel has proved popular with ITV drama audiences.

“Anna has cleverly woven together two of Paula’s brilliant novels, to create a wonderful modern and layered series. It’s about three very different women on their own incredible and often shocking journeys, whose lives connect at the school gates. It’s funny, sexy, truthful and often outrageous, and should have the audience asking what they would do to hold their own family together. I am delighted to be working with Kudos on this great new series for ITV.” – ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill

ITV and Kudos have confirmed multi-award winning actresses Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar as the talent attached to its upcoming gripping, emotional thriller, Deep Water.

Set against the beautiful and imposing backdrop of the Lake District, the series is written by Anna Symon and adapted from the Windermere series of novels by critically-acclaimed author, Paula Daly.

The six-part series follows the lives of three complex and vibrant women, each struggling to keep their heads above very deep water. Like all of us, they seek to do their best for their families, but face tough choices with difficult, and often messy repercussions. The women are connected by the school gates due to having children of a similar age.

“We are thrilled to be working with Anna and ITV on bringing these wonderful books to life, and telling stories about modern women in an interesting and beautiful part of rural Britain.” – Karen Wilson, Chief Creative Officer for Kudos and Executive Producer

Anna Friel plays mother of three, Lisa Kallisto, who juggles her hectic family life with running a business, which keeps her occupied at all hours. Chaotic and disorganised, Lisa, is married to Joe who works night and day as a taxi driver.

Physiotherapist Roz, played by Sinead Keenan once had a thriving private practice, but the debts run up by her soulmate Winston leave the family facing financial ruin. If she can pay off their debts they will get their lives back on track. Roz is offered help from an unexpected quarter. The decision she makes could change the course of her life.

Kate Riverty played by Rosalind Eleazar seems to have it all – wealthy and attractive and with a well-drilled and highly organised family life. Mother to Lucinda and Fergus, and married to Guy, Kate invites her friend Lisa and husband Joe to dinner, but the evening goes spectacularly wrong for Lisa after she makes a spontaneous decision.

With a stunning home overlooking Lake Windermere, Kate and Guy appear to be two of life’s winners, but is it possible Kate is too good to be true? Deep Water takes a modern look at families, the pressure of juggling busy lives, and is an exploration of what it means to be a ‘perfect’ mother. – ITV

Filming for Deep Water begins in the Cumbrian countryside this week.

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