The cast has been announced for BBC One’s new one-off drama about the Bronte sisters, writtten by Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright.
Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, will be played by Chloe Pirrie (An Inspector Calls) alongside Finn Atkins (Common) as her deeply ambitious older sister Charlotte, author of Jane Eyre.
Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) will play level-headed younger sister Anne, who wrote The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, Adam Nagaitis (Banished) will play their brilliant but reckless brother Branwell.
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) will play the Brontë sisters’ father, Patrick.
Pryce said: “I am such an admirer of Sally Wainwright that if she were filming the phone book I would want to be in it! Her film will be a characteristically honest look at the whole Brontë family. I am really looking forward to it.”
To Walk Invisible tells “the story behind three remarkable women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language.”
Writer and director Sally Wainwright commented: “This is such an exciting and ambitious project, and we have already had a huge amount of interest in it. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level. I am honoured that the BBC have asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire.”
The 120-minute drama begins filming around Yorkshire next week.
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