Meet the new cast members of Utopia series 2
Rose Leslie, Ian McDiarmid and more have joined the cast of Dennis Kelly's Utopia for its second series...
Wonderful things are afoot. Not only is BBC Three's In the Flesh currently filming its second series, but Channel 4's Utopia has also set to work on the first block of episodes for series two.
Dennis Kelly's unsettling conspiracy drama is returning next year with six new fifty-minute episodes, including - in Kelly's own words - "a very odd" series opener, "which people are either going to really like or really say ‘what the fuck did you do that for?’ and I’ve got no idea what the reaction’s going to be".
Director Marc Munden, who was responsible for establishing Utopia's impressive style in series one, is back to head up the first three episodes of series two.
Also returning for the second series are Fiona O'Shaughnessy (Jessica Hyde), Alexandra Roach (Becky), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Ian), Adeel Akhtar (Wilson Wilson), Oliver Woollford (Grant), Paul Higgins (Dugdale), Neil Maskell (Arby) and Geraldine James (Milner). Joining that talented lot next year will be:
Best known for her Game of Thrones' role as Wildling Ygritte, Rose Leslie also appeared in ITV's Downton Abbey before moving North of the Wall.
Who could she be playing? If Leslie's Utopia role requires her to speak in her own cut-glass English accent (she's technically posh Scottish), we wonder if she could be playing a daughter to Geraldine James' Milner. The physical resemblance is certainly there...
What a perfect fit this makes. With James Fox and Stephen Rea out of the picture, there could be a distinct lack of sinister older gentlemen in Utopia's second series. Enter Ian McDiarmid, most recognised these days for his fantastic work underneath prosthetics as Star Wars' Emperor Palpatine.
Who could he be playing? We've no idea of course, but we'd be surprised if McDiarmid turned out to be anyone too cuddly...
If you didn't see Tom Burke in Mike Newell's Great Expectations as all-round toff bastard Bentley Drummle, or as Bill Kendle in sadly defunct series The Hour, you'll know him next year not only for his Utopia appearance, but also as Athos in the BBC's Three Musketeers, opposite a certain Peter Capaldi.
Who could he be playing? A government employee? Another Mr Nobody embroiled in the Network's plans? Corvadt's Head of Shady Science and World Domination? Your guess is as good, if not better, than ours...
A fixture on the stage and small screen for decades now, Michael Moloney most recently popped up in the BBC's By Any Means, and before that, opposite Amanda Hale as Sir Henry Stafford in The White Queen.
Who could he be playing? There's a kind of avuncular charm to Moloney, so we'd like to peg him as a white hat. Though in Utopia, very little falls into such reductive categories...
Mr Selfridge's (do they though? Sell fridges? An oldie but a goodie, there) Trystan Gravelle is also joining the Utopia gang.
Who could he be playing? Our only clue so far is that Gravelle is Welsh, which may link him to Alexandra Roach's Becky, though we should note that actors have, from time to time, been known to adopt an accent that isn't natively theirs, those spoilsports.
We'll keep you posted on more from Utopia's second series as it arrives.
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