Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Cast Announced

Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel to play the magical pair in Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell (opens in new tab)

Set around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it imagines a world where magic once existed, disappeared and has returned to England with the titular Norrell and Strange.

Joining Marsan and Carvel in the seven-part adaptation are Alice Englert (the best thing in Beautiful Creatures ), Marc Warren ( Doctor Who ’s “Love And Monsters”), Samuel West ( Eternal Law, Van Helsing ), Charlotte Riley ( Wuthering Heights , Easy Virtue ), Enzo Cilenti ( Guardians Of The Galaxy, Kick-Ass 2 ) and Paul Kaye ( Game of Thrones, Being Human ).

The series has been adapted by Peter Harness ( Case Histories , Wallander ) and will be directed by Toby Haynes ( Doctor Who , Sherlock ) when filming begins next week in Yorkshire, Canada and Croatia.

Eddie Marsan says: “I can’t wait to start playing Norrell in this terrific adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s novel, and to be working with such a cast of actors, many of whom I’ve admired for so long.”

Bertie Carvel says: “I read the book some years ago and was totally enchanted. I’ve been casting spells for the part of Strange ever since. It is a considerable surprise to find that some of them worked!”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “We have secured the most original, talented and dynamic cast and team to produce BBC One’s brand new adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s award-winning novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. This cements our reputation for bold and ambitious drama and I can’t wait to see Bertie and Eddie bring these wonderful characters to life in a unique and exciting way.”

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