Helena Bonham Carter to star in Love Nina

Nina’s observations and worldview were the inspiration for a show that we think captures the same spirit. It’s been a joy to write and we’re thrilled with the quality of our cast.Nick Hornby
Date: 02.09.2015     Last updated: 16.05.2016 at 13.00
Category: BBC One; Drama; Casting
Faye Marsay, Jason Watkins and Josh McGuire co-star.

Helena Bonham-Carter (Suffragette, Cinderella) is set to star in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Nina Stibbe's award-winning book Love, Nina for BBC One.

Inspired by Nina Stibbe’s book, Love, Nina is a fictionalized adaptation of Nina’s letters home to her sister: a charming, laugh-out-loud culture clash drama series about a young nanny from Leicester finding her feet in 1980s London. It celebrates family and friendship in all its chaotic glory.

Nick Hornby said of his first drama written for television: "Nina Stibbe’s book Love, Nina has already established itself as a much-loved piece of comic writing and I love it. Her observations and worldview were the inspiration for a show that we think captures the same spirit. It’s been a joy to write and we’re thrilled with the quality of our cast.”

Love, Nina, reunites Bafta award-winning Helena Bonham Carter with Toast director S.J. Clarkson, who returns to UK television after working on some of the best of American television, directing the opening episodes of Marvel and Netflix's upcoming show AKA Jessica Jones', starring Kristen Ritter and most recently Vinyl for Martin Scorsese and HBO.

S.J. says: ”It’s a joy to be working with Helena again and even more so to be collaborating on such wonderful material and with such a talented ensemble.”

The stellar cast includes Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Game Of Thrones) as Nina, the nanny, suffering from the culture shock of moving to one of London’s most Bohemian streets from her home town in the East Midlands.

Bafta award-winner, Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, W1A) will play local author Malcolm Tanner and Joshua McGuire (About Time, Mr Turner) will play Nunney, Nina’s on-off boyfriend. Bonham Carter will be playing George, the beautiful, forthright mother to Joe and Max.

Brothers Joe and Max, who are smart and funny beyond their years, will be played by Ethan Rouse and Harry Webster.

Filming takes place on location in London in September.

Produced by See-Saw Films (Top Of The Lake), Love Nina was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Former Controller BBC Drama Commissioning. Executive Producer is Lucy Richer for BBC Drama.

Notes to Editors:

Love, Nina is 5 x 30 minute original drama series for BBC One.

Love, Nina is Nina Stibbe’s first book and won the 2014 National Book Award for popular non-fiction book of the year.

See-Saw Films
Academy Award® winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw is a UK and Australian company specialising in international Film and Television.

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