Sunday 25 March 2018

Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas cast in new drama by Downton Abbey creator

Cressida Bonas attends the Dior Croisiere 2016 at Palais Bulle
Cressida Bonas attends the Dior Croisiere 2016 at Palais Bulle
Cressida Bonas is to star in ITV drama Doctor Thorne
Cressida Bonas and Edward Holcroft attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Jenna Coleman (left) and Cressida Bonas (right) at Glastonbury

Shereen Low

Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas is to return to the small screen after being cast in Doctor Thorne, the new period drama from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

The 26-year-old, who was Harry's last serious relationship until they split in April 2014, made her screen debut in 2009 with a small role in the TV series Trinity, where she played a cheerleader.

She will play the friend and confidante to Stefanie Martini's character Mary in ITV's new show, which has been adapted from Anthony Trollope's novel of the same name.

Bonas, who has appeared on stage and will star in Justin Chadwick's drama Tulip Fever alongside Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz and Dame Judi Dench, joins the star-studded cast, which includes Rev star Tom Hollander and Ian McShane.

The Thick Of It's Rebecca Front, Scottish actor Richard McCabe and Phoebe Nicholls have also signed on for roles in Doctor Thorne, alongside American actress Alison Brie, who starred in Mad Men and Community.

Hollander, best known for playing inner city clergyman Reverend Adam Smallbone in the BBC sitcom, is to swap the vicar's dog collar for a stethoscope to portray Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his penniless niece Mary.

Fellowes said: "Doctor Thorne is a wonderful example of Trollope's gift for understanding the tangles we humans get into.

"He is sharply observant, critical and merciful in equal measure and, above all, highly entertaining. With the cast we have assembled, I am confident we can bring all of these qualities to the screen."

Doctor Thorne follows the consequences when Mary falls in love with Frank Gresham (Harry Richardson), the only son of the local squire.

Filming on the three-part drama, directed by Niall McCormick, begins later this month.

Jenna Coleman (left) and Cressida Bonas (right) at Glastonbury
Jenna Coleman (left) and Cressida Bonas (right) at Glastonbury

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