Hot on the heels of the True Detective rumour, ITV has just sent around an email detailing some key new additions to the cast of Broadchurch 2. I get the sense everything is coming together on this and we’ll know much more in the coming weeks in terms of plot and finalised cast members. It’s got the feel of something that’s about to embark into full production. Last week we were told that both David Tennant and Olivia Colman would be returning for the second series (as well as most of the original cast) as well as Charlotte Rampling, but now there’s an influx of new names that have been added.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are the main additions.
Let’s pick it up from the press release:
Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Marianne, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, will play a leading role in the new series. Acclaimed for her television and film roles including Without A Trace, Private Practice and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Marianne will begin filming for the new series shortly.
“We’re over the moon to have wooed Marianne back from Los Angeles to join us in Broadchurch,” said creator and writer Chris Chibnall
Also joining the cast in a key role is acclaimed film and television actor James D’Arcy, who is known for his roles in Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock and The Making of a Lady. Renowned for his successful film and television career in the UK and US, James took the lead role in the American drama Those Who Kill.
“James’ extraordinary recent work in movies such as Cloud Atlas and opposite Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock makes him another thrilling and important addition to the Broadchurch cast,” said Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos and Broadchurch Executive Producer. “It’s never easy to tempt actors back from Hollywood, and we feel privileged that James is joining us as a key part of our new story,” added Jane.
Leading television actress Eve Myles (Torchwood, Little Dorrit, Frankie) will also play a central role in the new series. Eve’s career includes an impressive range of roles in dramas including You, Me & Them, Merlin and Doctor Who.
Rising star Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Bad Education, Blandings, The Café) also joins the production when filming begins later this month. Phoebe wrote and performed in the Olivier nominated show Fleabag, which also won the 2014 Critic’s Circle Award. As with all the new additions, details of her character will remain under wraps for now.
Chibnall, in the wake of the show’s BAFTA success at the weekend, was also able to confirm that the production team would return to Devon to film series two.