Netflix Crime Drama 'Seven Seconds' Taps 'Children of Men' Actress to Star (Exclusive)

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Netflix's Seven Seconds has found its leading lady.

British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey has signed on to star in the forthcoming crime drama from Killing creator Veena Sud, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In the Fox 21 series, tensions run high between African-American citizens and Caucasian police officers in Jersey City, where a teenage African-American boy is critically injured by a cop.

Ashitey will play K.J. Harper, an assistant prosecutor in New Jersey caught up in the tragic case. She joins a cast that includes two-time Emmy winner Regina King, David Lyons, Michael Mosley, Russell Hornsby, Raul Castillo and Beau Knapp.

Best known across the pond for starring in the British police procedural Suspects, Ashitey's credits include Children of Men, BBC One's Doctor Foster and a role in Fox's upcoming drama Shots Fired. She is repped by Gersh, United Agents and Authentic.

Sud will serve as showrunner on Seven Seconds, which will kick off with a 10-episode first season. She will exec produce with Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, Alex Reznik and Gavin O'Connor, the latter of whom will also direct.