Interview with Lily Collins

Lily Collins plays Fantine

Published: 18 December 2018
This series has so many moving parts: an incredible cast, the most incredible hair, make-up and costume departments - adding on top Andrew's writing, it’s like magic
— Lily Collins

Tell us about the story of Les Misérables?
Les Misérables follows a handful of characters that are spread out throughout the different social class systems in that time. It’s a story that many of us know. However, in this rendition, we get to delve deeper into different characters that we maybe didn’t get to see before…

Tell us about your character Fantine
Fantine’s transition throughout Les Misérables is the most tragic. She is quite naïve in her imagery of love and she thinks she finds the man of her dreams in this man named Felix. He is a wealthy young man who tricks her into believing that he will provide her with a life. However unfortunately she has to create a life that she wasn’t planning on…

What do you think of Andrew Davies’ scripts?
Andrew Davies’ scripts are always so multi layered and colourful. There are just as many details in the stage direction as in the actual dialogue. It really paints a vivid picture and goes back to Victor Hugo’s writing. Tom Shankland, the director also really related to the original story. There are redeeming qualities in every single character and also qualities that the viewer can question.

This series has so many moving parts: an incredible cast that I feel really fortunate to work opposite, working with Tom Shankland and the most incredible hair, make-up and costume departments. Everyone gave 110 percent to this. Adding on top, Andrew Davies’ writing, it’s like magic.

Cast and Crew credits

Jean Valjean - Dominic West
Javert - David Oyelowo
Fantine - Lily Collins
Madame Thénardier - Olivia Colman
Monsieur Thénardier - Adeel Akhtar
Cosette - Ellie Bamber
Marius - Josh O’Connor
Éponine - Erin Kellyman

Writer/Executive Producer - Andrew Davies
Producer - Chris Carey
Executive Producer - Faith Penhale
Executive Producer - Bethan Jones

Executive Producer - David Oyelowo
Executive Producer - Dominic West
Executive Producer - Rebecca Eaton

Executive Producer for BBC One - Mona Qureshi

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