Robson Green and Sue Johnston are to lead the cast in BBC drama Age Before Beauty.

“We can’t wait to start filming Debbie [Horsefied’s] wonderful multi-generational drama with such a fantastic mix of new and familiar faces” – Laura Mackie, Executive Producer

Production on the BBC drama, from Mainstreet Pictures, will begin next week. The script comes from Debbie Horsfield and sees the story set around a Manchester salon and its family starring Robson Green, Sue Johnston alongside Polly Walker and James Murray. The series also features Lisa Riley, Kelly Harrison, Vicky Myers and Madeleine Mantock.

The six-part BBC One drama is described by the beeb as ‘an exploration of youth, age, instant gratification and long-term relationships set within the beauty industry.’ At its heart is an unconventional family rife with sibling rivalries and unconventional parenting through the generations.

Married to Wesley (Murray) for 25 years, Bel (Walker) has spent the last 18 years as a homemaker and mum to their twins, but having just waved them off to university, now has a void in her life. Enter Teddy (Green), brother-in-law and long-time best friend, begging her to step in and rescue the family business – a down-at-heel beauty salon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Like Bel, it could do with a bit of a face-lift. And possibly a clear-out, since it employs her high-maintenance family: mother Ivy-Rae played by Johnston (Northern Soul fanatic and spray tan technician), sisters Leanne (Harrison – part-time nail technician, part-time personal stylist), Tina (Riley -body artist aka tattooist) and Heidi (Myers – fillers and Botox, Cosmetic Surgery addict) mother to Disney, plump, seven year old wannabe Pageant Queen.

Into the mix comes beautiful 20-something Personal Trainer Lorelei (Mantock) who seems to have caught Wes’s eye… can Bel reconcile the demands of her business, her warring family and the problems in her marriage?

“It’s a tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s beautifully written characters that we have attracted such a brilliant cast to Age Before Beauty”. – Executive Producer, Sally Haynes.

Pictured Top: Sue Johnson in Coronation Street and Bottom: Robson Green in Wire In The Blood, both for ITV.
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