BBC's new series starring Fleabag’s Sian Clifford looks like our next period drama obsession

Fleabag’s Sian Clifford is starring in a BBC adaptation of period drama 'Life after Life' and we are so excited!

Sian Clifford
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BBC has announced the cast for its new four-part series of Kate Atkinson’s best-selling and award-winning novel 'Life after Life'.

Sian Clifford will star in a period drama adaptation of 'Life after Life' as the Sylie, the mother of the main character Ursula. The plot of this period drama revolves around Ursula (played by Thomasin McKenzie), who leads various different lives only to die at different stages of her journey and then be reborn again in a different version of her life. Ursula's unusual story spans across various historic events, the Spanish influenza, both world wars, the Blitz, and at one point she even crosses path with Hitler. Although the plot may sound whimsical, the themes within the story are sinister and Ursula's life is entwined with the traumatic events and twists in the plot. 

At the helm of the production will be Sian Clifford who won our hearts as Claire in Fleabag and will star in this series as Sylvie. Ursula will be played by Thomasin McKenzie, who has been critically acclaimed for her pivotal roles as Elsa in JoJo Rabbit and Tom in Leave no Trace. 

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Thomasin McKenzie expressed her excitement about playing this complex role to Digital Spy. She revealed, "I'm drawn to Life After Life because it makes me laugh, cry, clench my fists in anger or whoop with empowerment." 

She went on to compliment the writer Bash Doran who adapted the novel for the television series. "Bash has done a stunning job at adapting Kate Atkinson's masterpiece, and working with John has already taught me a great deal – reinforcing my love for collaborating and creating," she said.

Also cast in this is Jessica Brown Findlay who played Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey. James McArdle (Mary Queen of Scots) will star as Ursula’s father and Sylvie’s husband, and Jessica Hynes (Spaced) will also feature in this miniseries.

BBC senior commissioning editor, Lucy Richer said, "I am thrilled that the brilliant Bash Doran has adapted Kate's incredible and unique novel for the screen. Our outstanding director John Crowley has brought together a stunning cast led by the enchanting Thomasin McKenzie, and Life After Life is set to be a treat for BBC viewers."

Although a release date has yet to be announced, we can only hope that this miniseries will land on our screens soon!

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