Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling join Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in BBC Two’s London Spy

London Spy has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. I couldn't be more excited, or proud.Tom Rob Smith, Creator
Date: 17.10.2014     Last updated: 24.02.2015 at 16.23
Filming on the five-part drama series, created by acclaimed author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44), started this week in London and sees the Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent confirmed to star alongside British actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, whose recent role in the BBC’s Restless in 2012 saw her receive an Emmy Award nomination.

Alongside Ben Whishaw, confirmed last month in the lead role, will be newcomer Edward Holcroft. He will be seen on screens soon in the upcoming BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Produced by Working Title Television, London Spy is directed by Jakob Verbruggen whose credits include the hugely successful first series of The Fall, plus episodes of the US The Bridge.

Creator and writer Tom Rob Smith says: “London Spy has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. I couldn't be more excited, or proud.”

Juliette Howell, Head of Television at Working Title Television, says: “Working Title couldn’t be more proud to be producing this captivating drama. Incredible scripts, a hugely gifted director and a world-class cast; London Spy exudes quality through and through.”

Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent Drama, adds: “It's testament to Tom's wonderful scripts, that they have attracted such an incredible cast. Together with Jakob directing, this is an exciting team which promises to make London Spy an unmissable drama for BBC Two.”

London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Whishaw plays Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, who falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex (played by Holcroft). Just as the two of them realise that they're perfect for each other, Alex is found dead. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he's prepared to fight for the truth.

Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 trilogy was an international publishing sensation and has been turned into a movie with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, produced by Ridley Scott, scheduled for release in April 2015.

It is produced by Guy Heeley, and executive producers are Tom Rob Smith, Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television, and Head of Independent Drama Commissioning, Polly Hill, for BBC Two.

Commissioned by Janice Hadlow, former Controller of BBC Two, and Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama, London Spy is produced by Working Title Television for BBC Two.

London Spy is a 5x60-minute series for transmission on BBC Two in 2015.