The Little Drummer Girl: Alexander Skarsgård discusses BBC drama

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With Bodyguard having just left our screens and The Cry debuting to glowing reviews, Alexander Skarsgård, the star of the BBC’s next drama, The Little Drummer Girl has been chatting about it…

Skarsgård has been best known lately for his Emmy-winning role in HBO’s smash hit, Big Little Lies, and in The Little Drummer Girl he’ll take on the role of Becker, a Mossad agent, alongside Florence Pugh as actress Charlie.

Nattering to The Telegraph, Skarsgård was clear about his passion for the project. Becker is an actor turned spy and Skarsgård was drawn to “that sense of duty and guilt at the same time, that dichotomy created an inner conflict that I found really interesting.”

“Wanting to do something but feeling helpless was core to finding out who he was.”

The Little Drummer Girl, an adaptation of John le Carré’s novel, is a hotly anticipated project – particularly around these parts – as it hails from Stoker and The Handmaiden director Park Chan-wook as well as boasting Skarsgård and Pugh in its cast as well as Michael Shannon and Charles Dance.

Skarsgård jokingly acknowledged that his own father, Stellan Skarsgård, had appeared in another le Carré adaptation, My Kind of Traitor. “So I’m familiar with this cinematic universe,” he said.

A highlight of The Little Drummer Girl shoot for Skarsgård was filming in the Acropolis in Athens: “It was just extraordinary,” he said. “You could tell that for everyone this would be one of the most memorable nights of their life.”

The Little Drummer Girl airs this autumn and we’ll continue to update you on the series.

Digital Spy