Three actors join BBC's 'Crimson Petal'

Romola Garai, Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant on tap

LONDON -- Romola Garai, Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant have signed up for the BBC's dark and sexually-charged Victorian crime drama "The Crimson Petal & The White," drama head Ben Stephenson said Wednesday.

Based on the novel from Michel Faber and produced by David Thompson's Origin Pictures, the 4x60 serial sees Garai playing Sugar, a young prostitute who yearns for a better life away from the supervision of brothel-keeper Mrs. Castaway, played by Anderson.

Grant takes the role of creepy physician Doctor Curlew, whose invasive techniques leave his patients mutilated.

When Sugar becomes the mistress of wealthy businessman William Rackham, whose fragile wife Agnes is attended by Curlew, their lives begin to spiral out of control.

Origin Pictures' producer Thompson said the drama promises to "shake up the audience's perceptions of conventional period drama."
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