Lesley Manville joins I Am cast

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 January 2021
Lesley Manville

Lesley Manville

Lesley Manville will take the lead in Dominic Savage's latest anthology series 'I Am Maria' alongside Michael Gould and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr

Lesley Manville has joined the cast of anthology series 'I Am'.

The 64-year-old actress will star in Dominic Savage’s 'I Am Maria' alongside Michael Gould and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr.

Dominic said: “I am so excited to be working with Lesley Manville. "She is such an incredible force of nature and someone who I have always had huge admiration for. "With 'I Am Maria', we will be exploring urgent and prescient themes that show what it is like to completely and dramatically change one’s life in a way that is unthinkable and heart-breaking, yet very empowering. "It’s going to be quite a journey, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4, added: “Lesley Manville is a screen legend, and I’m delighted she’s returning to her improvisatory roots to co-create this powerful, inspirational story. It’s a privilege to have someone of her renown and stature on the channel.”

The three-part series will explore "issues of identity, doubt and the painful cracks that can slowly form in lifelong relationships" which holds a personal resonance to the leading actor.

Lesley explained: “For me collaboration is everything. To be able to combine different creative minds and produce a work of drama is a thrilling privilege. Dominic and I have spent the past few months developing a character and scenario that will touch many people I know. "This kind of work is not new to me and I’m relishing the chance to flex my improvising muscles once again.”

The latest series follows the success of the anthology when it first debuted in 2019 with Vicky McClure in 'I Am Nicola', followed by Samantha Morton starring in 'I Am Kirsty' and Gemma Chan appearing in 'I Am Hannah'.

Production wrapped filming last year on two new series, with Suranne Jones starring in 'I Am Victoria' and Letitia Wright in the leading role of 'I Am Danielle'.

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