Samantha Morton to star in Cider With Rosie

Samantha Morton is to star in the upcoming BBC One adaptation of Laurie Lee's classic coming-of-age novel 'Cider With Rosie'

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Samantha Morton

Samantha Morton

Samantha Morton is to star in 'Cider With Rosie'.

The Golden Globe award-winning and Oscar-nominated actress has been cast as Annie Lee in the upcoming BBC One adaptation of Laurie Lee's classic novel of the same name.

She said: "I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC One's 'Cider With Rosie' as it is one of my favourite books."

The drama is to be directed by Call the Midwife's Philippa Lowthorpe and adapted by Ben Vanstone and will air on the channel next year as part of its season of classic 20th century literature.

Starring alongside Samantha will be Jessica Hynes as Miss Crabby, 'Absolutely Fabulous' actress June Whitfield as Granny Wallon and Annette Crosbie as Granny Trill while 'Glue' star Billy Howle will take on the role of Private James Harris.

Also joining the cast are newcomers Archie Cox, who will star as the protagonist Laurie (Lol), and Ruby Ashbourne Serkis as the title character Rosie and Emma Curtis as Marj.

'Cider With Rosie' is a coming-of-age story set in an idyllic village in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.

The story follows the life of young Lol as he grows from a boy to a man, from his first love to loss and family upheaval.

Commissioning Editor of BBC Drama Commissioning, Lucy Richer said: "'Cider With Rosie' is one of the gems of twentieth century literature, and has been loved by generations as a coming of age story about love and family that still rings true today, in Laurie Lee's centenary year.

"We are delighted to be bringing it to BBC One with a fantastic young cast alongside the wonderful Samantha Morton."

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