Monday 23 October 2017

James Norton makes funeral appearance in BBC drama McMafia

James Norton as Alex Godman and Maria Shukshina as his mother Oksana at a family funeral, in the new BBC drama McMafia (BBC/PA)
James Norton as Alex Godman and Maria Shukshina as his mother Oksana at a family funeral, in the new BBC drama McMafia (BBC/PA)

The first picture of James Norton as the son of Russian exiles for a new BBC drama about the Mafia shows him at a family funeral.

Sporting a dark suit and fixed, solemn gaze, Norton stands next to his on-screen mother Oksana, played by Maria Shukshina, who is consoling another mourner.

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

Norton, best known for his roles in ITV series Grantchester as well as Happy Valley and period drama War And Peace, stars as 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 spent his life trying to avoid through his legitimate business and with girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance).

Filming is currently taking place in London before moving to Croatia.

Starring alongside Norton, Shukshina and Rylance is Game Of Thrones star Faye Marsay, The Bourne Ultimatum's David Strathairn and Aleksey Serebryakov.

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.

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