Anna Friel to Star in ITV Crime Drama From 'The Bridge' Writer

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'Marcella' will also star 'Downton Abbey’s' Laura Carmichael and 'Fortitude's' Nicholas Pinnock.

Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Limitless) has been cast as the lead in upcoming ITV crime drama Marcella, from The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeldt.

The eight-part noir thriller series will also star Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, ‎Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Captain America), Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street, Being Human), Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax), Ray Panthaki (Convenience), Jamie Bamber (Law & Order: UK, Battlestar Galactica), Patrick Baladi (The Office) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything).

Produced by Buccaneer Media and co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder, Sky’s development executive on The Tunnel and Dracula, Marcella will be Rosenfeldt’s first drama exclusively created for the U.K.

Set in contemporary London, it revolves around a British Metropolitan Police detective and promises to "lead the audience through a narrative maze where any character could be a witness, victim or potential suspect."

Marcella gets involved in a serial murder case resembling an unsolved spate of killings a decade earlier after her husband leaves her unexpectedly. "With the abrupt end to her marriage and isolated from her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, Marcella throws herself into work to stop herself from falling apart," according to a show description.‎ "Marcella wants back in on the serial killer case she first worked on in 2005. She’s got a hunch she wants to follow up on, a hunch she couldn’t follow through with due to falling pregnant with a second child."

"I’m thrilled to be working on Hans Rosenfeldt’s first English drama," said Friel. "Scandinavian storytelling is hugely inspiring, but we Brits usually have to settle for doing a remake, so to be working with Hans on an original piece for ITV is a true privilege. Marcella is a complex woman and a wonderful layered character."

Filming starts in London and surrounding areas this month.

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