FX and BBC Announce Cast of ‘Great Expectations’ Miniseries, Starring Olivia Coleman


Effects and the BBC have announced the cast of Steven Knight’s adaptation of Charles Dickens great expectationstitled by Olivia Coleman.

Fionn Whitehead (FX/BBC), Olivia Coleman (Chris Baker), Ashley Thomas (FX/BBC)

What is happening:

  • FX and the BBC are collaborating on a six-part limited series adaptation of Charles Dickens great expectations from Oscar nominee and BAFTA award-winning writer Steven Knight.
  • The casting news was shared during a ATC FX presentation.
  • Olivia Coleman stars as Miss Havisham, with additional cast including Fionn Whitehead, Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Matt Berry.
  • First published as weekly chapters in 1890, Charles Dickens’ great expectations tells the coming-of-age story of an orphan named Pip.
  • This is the second adaptation of Charles Dickens by Steve Knight, after the limited series of A Christmas Carolalso for FX and the BBC and commissioned by Theater Manager Piers Wenger and BBC and FX Content Manager Charlotte Moore.
  • Steve Knight will write and executive produce great expectationswhich will also be produced by Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi for the BBC – the team behind A Christmas Carol.
  • great expectations will be produced by FX Productions in association with the BBC, Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker.
  • Lucy Forbes (The end of the fucking world, in my skin, it will hurt) will act as Principal Director.

great expectations

  • Olivia Colman – Miss Havisham
  • Fionn Whitehead – Pip
  • Ashley Thomas – Jaggers
  • Johnny Harris – Magwitch
  • Shalom Brune-Franklin – Estella
  • Hayley Squires – Sara
  • Owen McDonnell – Joe
  • Trystan Gravelle – Compeyson
  • Matt Berry – Mr. Pumblechuck

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