Jonathan Pryce has been cast in the role of the Brontë sisters’ father, Patrick, in the one-off BBC One drama, To Walk Invisible. The special has been written and directed by Sally Wainwright.
“I am such an admirer of Sally Wainwright that if she were filming the phone book I would want to be in it! Her film will be a characteristically honest look at the whole Brontë family. I am really looking forward to it.” – Jonathan Pryce
Emily Brontë, author of the complex, ground-breaking Wuthering Heights, will be played by Chloe Pirrie. She will be joined by Finn Atkins as her deeply ambitious older sister Charlotte, author of the phenomenally successful Jane Eyre, and Charlie Murphy as determined, level-headed younger sister Anne, who wrote the brutally honest novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. Their brilliant but reckless brother Branwell, whose destructive behaviour threatened to destroy his family, will be played by Adam Nagaitis.
To Walk Invisible takes a new look at this extraordinary family. It tells the story behind three remarkable women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language.
“This is such an exciting and ambitious project, and we have already had a huge amount of interest in it. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level. I am honoured that the BBC have asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire. We have a wonderful cast and I am delighted to be working along side Karen Lewis (producer) again, and with Faith Penhale.” – Writer and director Sally Wainwright
Filming of the 120 minute drama will take place in and around Yorkshire from the beginning of May.