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'Sinbad' cast unveiled by Sky1

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Elliot Knight as Sinbad

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Newcomer Elliot Knight has landed the lead role in Sky1's new drama Sinbad.

Knight, who is just about to graduate from drama school, will take on the role of the famous hero in the 13-part series.

The show follows Sinbad as he flees his home and ends up being cast out to sea. After a magical storm, Sinbad teams up with his ship-mates and goes on a voyage of discovery.

Knight said: "I was thrilled when I heard I'd got the role of Sinbad. This is exactly what I have wanted to do since I was big enough to run around the garden waving a toy sword!

"Sinbad is a great character for any actor to be able to play: impulsive, adventurous, passionate, loyal and brave. A true hero. His story is packed with action, adventure and fantasy and I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of bringing him to life for a new generation."

Naveen Andrews has also been cast in the drama as Sinbad's enemy Lord Akbari. Andrews is probably best known for his role as Sayid in Lost.

Hotel Rwanda's Sophie Okonedo and Timothy Spall, who previously starred in the Harry Potter films and television show The Street, have both landed guest roles.

Rounding out the cast are Dame Janet Suzman, Elliot Cowan, Marama Corlett, Estella Daniels, Junix Inocian and Dimitri Leonidas.

Production for Sinbad has started in Malta and the show is due to air next year.

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