David Threlfall to star in The Ark

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 April 2014
David Threlfall

David Threlfall

'Shameless' actor will play biblical figure Noah in 'The Ark', a new TV re-telling of the Noah's Ark story

David Threlfall will star in a new TV adaptation of Noah's Ark.

The 'Shameless' actor - best known for playing boozing Frank Gallagher in the hit Channel 4 show - will lead the cast of 'The Ark', BBC One's one-off drama which will re-tell the biblical tale.

The special comes from the producers behind hit crime drama 'Death in Paradise' and Tony Jordan wrote the script.

David said in a statement: "The story jumped off the page at me from the first reading. It's not just a family saga but the first family saga. It takes its inspiration from many faiths and speaks of values which should be shared across all cultures. It was something I immediately wanted to be part of."

Polly Hill, BBC's head of independent drama, added: "It is great to see Tony Jordan's fantastic scripts attract such a talented and stellar cast which combined will bring this wonderful story to life."

David will play Noah, a farmer who is instructed by an angel to build an ark in order to save his family and the faithful from a flood.

Joanne Whalley has been cast as Noah's wife Emmie, while other cast members include 'Top Boy' star Ashley Walters and Nico Mirallegro.

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