Two young British rising stars join the cast of the BBC's hugely anticipated revival of the legendary TV series Upstairs Downstairs. Both will play young "downstairs" servants.
Ellie Kendrick, star of the BBC's "Diary of Anne Frank", will play Ivy the young, defiant and spirited maid, described as "sharp as a cartload of monkeys".
Hollyoaks star 19 year old Nico Mirallegro from Manchester (previously represented by Lime Management, now represented by ARG), will play Johnny the ambitious and dedicated footman, who has gone into service to escape the grinding poverty of the Northern mining town where he was born.
Set in 1936, the three, hour-long episodes, to be broadcast on BBC One, will take viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London.
A new set of occupants will reside at the iconic address and viewers will see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould the lives of this wealthy family and their servants.
Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes, Spooks), Ed Stoppard (Brideshead Revisited) Anne Reid (Bleak House, Dinnerladies), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, Cranford) and Art Malik (10 Days To War, Holby City) will all be entering through the doors of the iconic 165 Eaton Place.
The revival has been written by award-winning writer Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary, Ballet Shoes).
The original series, created by Jean Marsh and Dame Eileen Atkins in association with Sagitta Productions, was first broadcast in 1971. It was an international success – winning seven Emmys, two Baftas and a Golden Globe.
Made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, Upstairs Downstairs will begin filming in south Wales in early August.