Thursday 8 December 2016

James Norton to star in Russian mob drama McMafia

Published 04/08/2016 | 15:36

James Norton is best known for his roles in ITV series Grantchester as well as the BBC's Happy Valley and period drama War And Peace
James Norton is best known for his roles in ITV series Grantchester as well as the BBC's Happy Valley and period drama War And Peace

James Norton has been cast in a new BBC drama about the Russian mafia in London.

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The actor is best known for his roles in ITV series Grantchester as well as the BBC's Happy Valley and period drama War And Peace.

The Bafta-nominated 31-year-old will take the leading role in McMafia, inspired by Misha Glenny's bestselling 2008 book of the same name, which delved into the global reach of organised crime.

Norton will play Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with previous links to organised criminals.

The eight-part drama will focus on Alex as he is drawn into the criminal underbelly he has avoided his entire life, and his international journey through the mafia's world.

Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore said Norton is "at the top of his game" and will "do justice" to the character and the series.

A BBC statement said: "This fast-paced thriller is epic and intimate, glamorous and gritty, global in scale and forensic in detail."

James Watkins, who directed 2012 movie The Woman In Black, joined forces with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini to create the TV series.

They led a writing team including Night Manager writer David Farr, Doctor Who writer Peter Harness and Me Without You's Laurence Coriat.

In July it was announced that Norton will star in a new episode of Black Mirror alongside Jurassic World actress Bryce Dallas Howard when the series returns on Netflix later this year.

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