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Eddie Marsan to star in BBC One's 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell'

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Eddie Marsan is to star in new BBC One drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

The Ray Donovan star and Les Misérables actor Bertie Carvel will play the title roles.

Eddie Marsan

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Eddie Marsan

Bertie Carvel

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Bertie Carvel



Marc Warren (Mad Dogs), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) will also star.

Set at the beginning of the 19th century, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell will follow Strange (Carvel) - a charming and rich aspiring magician - and Norrell (Marsan) - a recluse with fantastic abilities.

Based on the novel by Susanna Clarke, the series has been adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander) and directed by Toby Haynes (The Musketeers, Doctor Who).

"I can't wait to start playing Norrell in this terrific adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel, and to be working with such a cast of actors, many of whom I've admired for so long," said Marsan.

Carvel added: "I read the book some years ago and was totally enchanted. I've been casting spells for the part of Strange ever since. It is a considerable surprise to find that some of them worked!"

BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning - Ben Stephenson

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Ben Stephenson (above) - controller of BBC Drama commissioning - praised the seven-part drama's "original, talented and dynamic cast".

"This cements our reputation for bold and ambitious drama and I can't wait to see Bertie and Eddie bring these wonderful characters to life in a unique and exciting way," Stephenson added.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell begins filming next week in Yorkshire, Canada and Croatia.

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