DOWNTON ABBEY's Jessica Brown Findlay to Lead BBC One's JAMAICA INN
According to Deadline, DOWNTON ABBEY's Jessica Brown Findlay has been tapped to star in BBC One's upcoming three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel JAMAICA INN.
The limited event series, written by Emma Frost, is described as: "Set in 1820s Cornwall, the story follows spirited Mary Yellan (Brown Findlay), a young woman sent to live with her aunt (Joanne Whalley) after the death of her mother. When Mary arrives at the eerie, isolated Jamaica Inn, she finds her once carefree aunt is now firmly under the spell of domineering husband Joss (Sean Harris). The inn, it turns out, is a front for a smuggling ring. As Mary attempts to navigate her new surroundings, she falls for bad boy Jem (Matthew McNulty) and begins questioning her own morals and loyalties until an ultimate test reveals her true self."
Philippa Lowthorpe will direct, with filming set to begin this week.
Findlay is best known for her role of Lady Sybil, on the ITV historical drama Downton Abbey. Her film credits include the 2011 U.K. drama Albatross and will soon be seen in Warner Bros' Winter's Tale, opposite Will Smith, Colin Farrell and Matt Bomer.