Tuesday 22 May 2018

Charlie Murphy to play Anne Bronte in BBC film

Actress Charlie Murphy
Actress Charlie Murphy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

You can’t accuse Love/ Hate actress Charlie Murphy of being typecast.

Having tackled Jackie Chan in The Foreigner she is now to plays one of the Bronte sisters in period BBC drama To Walk Invisible. .

The movie is being written and directed by Sally Wainwright, who previously worked with Charlie on hit TV series Happy Valley.

Murphy has been cast as Anne Bronte author of the acclaimed novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

War & Peace star Chloe Pirrie will play Wuthering Heights author Emily, while ingenue Finn Atkins will take on the role of Charlotte.

Murphy's Happy Valley co-star Adam Nagaitis will play the Bronte’s "reckless" brother Branwell.

The film will be shot on location in Yorkshire and will be broadcast this Christmas.

It’s certainly a lot different from Murphy’s high kicking role in action packed thriller The Foreigner.

“Filming a fight scene with Jackie Chan was definitely on my acting bucket list,” she said. “I’m pleased I can tick that off.”

Shooting the movie wasn’t exactly smooth sailing.

One scene involved a double decker bus getting blown to smithereens on Lambeth Bridge — a stone’s throw from London’s Houses of Parliament.

Several concerned commuters dialled 999 after seeing clouds of smoke and wheels flying through the sky.

“I did read about that in the papers,” she said.

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