Cameras start rolling in London this week for 18 weeks on BAFTA-winner Hugo Blick’s fast-paced, labyrinthine thriller The Honourable Woman. A stellar international cast join Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, playing the titular role (Nessa Stein) in the seven-part BBC Two series.
Joining Maggie is Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line, Father & Son, V For Vendetta), 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 (The Hollow Crown, White Heat).
Academy and Tony award nominee Janet McTeer OBE (Damages, Albert Nobbs) plays the Head of MI6 Julia Walsh – who has a personal hold over Hayden-Hoyle (Rea).
Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch, Garrow’s Law, The Fixer) 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 (The IT Crowd, Sherlock) 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 (Game Of Thrones, The Shadow Line) 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 (300: Rise Of An Empire, Green Zone) 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 (Nurse Jackie, The King’s Speech, The Shadow Line) is Monica Chatwin, a key MI6 agent from the Washington Bureau – spoiling for a fight with her UK counterparts.
Other cast includes: Martin Hutson, Nicholas Woodeson, Raad Rawi, Richard Katz, Philip Arditti, John Mackay, Rupert Frazer, Uriel Emil, Paul Herzberg, George Georgiou, Julia Montgomery-Brown, Martin Mcdougall, Aiden Stephenson, Tom Bateman, Amira Ghazalla, Hugh Ross and Stephen Boxer.
With a cast of nearly 100, The Honourable Woman is a co-production made by Drama Republic, Hugo Blick’s Eight Rooks Productions and Sundance Channel – set to broadcast on BBC Two and the Sundance Channel in 2014.