Duo will go 'Mad' for Kelley


Meet David E. Kelley's newest discovery — Charity Wakefield.

After making Calista Flockhart a household name by tapping her as the title character in his legal dramedy "Ally McBeal," Kelley has cast 27-year-old English actress Wakefield as the female lead in "Legally Mad," his new quirky legal drama for NBC.

Jon Seda also has been cast in the Warner Bros. TV-produced project, which centers on Brady Hamm (Wakefield), a twentysomething woman who takes a job at her father's law firm and quickly becomes the practice's center.

Brady is devoted to her father and chose to work for him despite being offered several prestigious clerkships out of law school. She is easygoing, deadpan funny and disarms with charm.

Seda will play the rugged, grumpy but lovable Joe Matty, who is an equal-opportunity offender.

The two join previously cast Kristin Chenoweth.

Oxford School of Drama graduate Wakefield got her break in 2008 as a star of the BBC's latest adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." In the mini, which aired in the U.S. on PBS, she portrayed Marianne Dashwood, a role played by Kate Winslet in the 1995 feature.

"Homicide" alum Seda, whose recent series credits include "Kevin Hill" and "Close to Home," will next be seen in HBO's World War II mini "The Pacific."

Wakefield is with Management 360. Seda is repped by Gersh and A Management. (partialdiff)