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Daniel Deronda

Daniel, Gwendolen and Henleigh

Andrew Davies' sumptuous adaptation of George Eliot's last, most ambitious novel, charts a love story set in Victorian high society.

Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy)

Hugh Dancy stars as the eponymous Daniel Deronda, with Romola Garai as his soul mate Gwendolen Harleth. Though entranced with Daniel, Gwendolen is forced into an oppressive marriage to Henleigh Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville), while Daniel finds a new life through his friendship with Mirah Lapidoth (Jodhi May)

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Hugh Dancy

Daniel first becomes enchanted by the beautiful Gwendolen as she gambles recklessly at the roulette table. Her family have recently fallen on hard times and pinned their hopes upon the proud, but charming Gwendolen attracting a rich husband. A short while ago, Gwendolen reluctantly succumbed to the advances of rich bachelor, Henleigh Grandcourt, only to discover that he had a mistress, Lydia Glasher (Greta Scacchi), and three children.

Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai)

Danie's also been troubled. Illegitimate and haunted by doubts about his own identity, he is frustrated that his uncle and lifetime guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger (Edward Fox), will tell him nothing about his real parents. Later, he saves a young Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth from drowning herself in the Thames.

Mirah Lapidoth (Jodhi May)

Eventually, Gwendolen' marries Grandcourt, but soon realises he's still seeing his mistress.  She's is trapped in a marriage that is doomed before it has begun. However, she's left widowed when Grandcourt drowns in a sailing accident.

Henleigh Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville)

Meanwhile, Daniel embarks on a journey to find his true identity and Mirah's family. It takes him into London's Jewish community and Genoa, where he meets The Contessa (Barbara Hershey), a celebrated opera diva who holds the key to his past. It is not until he has returned home to London that the idealistic, young hero's journey of self-fulfillment reaches a powerful and dramatic conclusion.

Cast

Hugh Dancy
Daniel Deronda
Hugh Bonneville
Henleigh Grandcourt
Romola Garai
Gwendolen Harleth
Jodhi May
Mirah Lapidoth
Edward Fox
Sir Hugo Mallinger
Greta Scacchi
Lydia Glasher
Barbara Hershey
Contessa Maria Alcharisi
Simon Schatzberger
Ezra Cohen

Crew

Andrew Davies
writer

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