The BBC have revealed further casting details for their BBC Two drama The Honourable Woman which was announced in June. Maggie Gyllenhaal is to play the lead role in the Hugo Blick seven-part drama series.
Joining Maggie is Stephen Rea (pictured), a stalwart of British film and Academy Award nominee, as Hugh Hayden-Hoyle – a top MI6 spy on the verge of retirement, digging deep into Nessa Stein’s family. His bitter ex-wife Anjelica is played by Lindsay Duncan.
Academy and Tony award nominee Janet McTeer OBE plays the Head of MI6 Julia Walsh – who has a personal hold over Hayden-Hoyle (Rea).
Andrew Buchan will play Nessa Stein’s (Gyllenhaal) brother Ephra Stein – seemingly over-shadowed by his sister within the Stein family business. He is joined by BAFTA-award nominee Katherine Parkinson as his highly strung pregnant wife Rachel Stein. Multi-award-winning Belgian actress Lubna Azbal (Incendies, Occupation, Paradise Now) plays Atika Halibi, nanny to Ephra and Rachel Stein’s two young daughters and close friend to Nessa.
Tobias Menzies has previously worked with Maggie Gyllenhaal on the film Hysteria, and this time plays opposite her as Nessa’s trusted personal body guard Nathaniel Bloom. Genevieve O’Reilly (Spooks, Episodes) plays Nessa’s loyal personal assistant Frances.
Israeli actor Igal Naor received international acclaim for his portrayal of Saddam Hussein in House Of Saddam and plays Shlomo Zahary, a close long-time ally of the Stein family. British theatre and television actress Eve Best is Monica Chatwin, a key MI6 agent from the Washington Bureau – spoiling for a fight with her UK counterparts.
The Honourable Woman is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop, written and directed by BAFTA-winning Hugo Blick the beeb state.
With his distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, Blick brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics. – BBC
The Honourable Woman is set in the UK, the Middle East and America, and is currently recording on location and will broadcast on BBC Two and the Sundance Channel in 2014.
Pictured top: Flashback to the 60s: Stephen Rea in ATV soap Crossroads in 1967 where he appeared as chef Peppi Costa, cousin of fellow Spanish Chef Carlos Raphael (Tony Morton).