'Mad' man: Bonneville on case for Kelley, NBC


Hugh Bonneville has been tapped to star opposite Charity Wakefield in "Legally Mad," David E. Kelley's new drama for NBC.

The Warner Bros. TV- produced project centers on Brady Hamm (Wakefield), a twentysomething woman who takes a job at her father's law firm.

Bonneville will play the father, Gordon.

"Gordon Hamm is based on the true story of a real-life attorney who lives in my head," Kelley said. "Sharp litigator, a lot of fun and, deep down, a mess."

Kelley called the casting of Bonneville "a terrific coup."

"Hugh is one of the most versatile actors working today," he said.

The British actor, who earned a BAFTA nom for the 2001 film "Iris," starred in the HBO/BBC miniseries "Five Days" and "Tsunami: The Aftermath." His upcoming films include "Hippie Hippie Shake" and "French Film."

Bonneville is repped by UTA and U.K. agent Donna French. (partialdiff)