BBC Three unveils cast for bold new original thriller Clique as filming begins in Edinburgh

Clique is a heightened version of a certain type of uni experience, pulled from my time at uni, then ramped up a few notches into a psychological thriller.Jess Brittain, creator and writer
Date: 19.09.2016     Last updated: 22.02.2017 at 11.49
Category: BBC Three; Drama; Casting
Created by Jess Brittain (Skins), Clique is a brand new six-part drama which sees two best friends – Holly and Georgia - drawn into an elite clique of alpha girls led by lecturer Jude McDermid in their first few weeks at university.

In her television debut, Synnove Karlsen will star as Holly alongside The Fall’s Aisling Franciosi as her best friend Georgia, while Sherlock’s Louise Brealey will star as Jude McDermid and Emun Elliot (Prometheus; Game Of Thrones; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Filth) as her brother, Alistair McDermid.

Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan; Tomorrow, When The War Began; Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer), Sophia Brown (Guerilla, Beauty And The Beast), Ella-Rae Smith and Emma Appleton play the ‘clique’, and they will be joined by Mark Strepan (New Blood), Sorcha Groundsell (Iona), Peter Bankole (The Physician), Chris Fulton (One Of Us) and Harris Dickinson (The Medium, Home).

Written by Jess Brittain with Kirstie Swain and Milly Thomas, Clique is a seductive, intense drama about friendship tested to extremes. It is an uncensored exploration of how being a young woman can feel today.

Creator and writer Jess Brittain says: “Clique is about the different ways ambition plays out in young women at university. It’s a heightened version of a certain type of uni experience, pulled from my time at uni, then ramped up a few notches into a psychological thriller. Clique goes to some pretty dark places, but returns, always, to the key female friendships of our central characters.”

Childhood soulmates Georgia and Holly are only a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives at university in Edinburgh, when Georgia gets drawn into the elite clique of alpha-girls, led by lecturer Jude McDermid. Jude’s brand of feminism is alluring, just like the circle of bright students she surrounds herself with. Georgia's effortless entry into the clique leaves Holly out in the cold. But Holly's jealousy soon escalates to panic as Georgia begins acting erratically. Alarmed by this transformation in her best friend, Holly is compelled to follow her into Jude’s closely guarded circle.

What she discovers is a seductive world of lavish parties, populated by Edinburgh's highest-powered business men and women. But it’s a world underpinned by sordid compromise, and as Holly exposes its deeply corrupt core, the danger mounts from all angles, for her and Georgia. Can Holly reclaim her soulmate? And at what cost to herself?

BBC Studios Executive Producer, Christopher Aird says: “Clique is drama for a new generation of viewers starring a new generation of brilliant young actors. Jess Brittain has created truly authentic characters and propelled them into a seductive and by turns shocking story”.

Filming on Clique begins in Edinburgh this week. The 6x45 BBC Three drama is a BBC Drama and Balloon Entertainment co-production. Executive Producer is Bryan Elsley for Balloon and Christopher Aird for BBC Studios. Series producer is Gabriel Silver. The series will be distributed by All3media International, Balloon Entertainment’s international partner. Clique was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh for BBC Three and Polly Hill, former Controller of BBC Drama.

Notes to Editors

  • Clique will premiere on BBC Three in 2017.
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