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Cast announced for BBC's one-off slavery in Britain drama Doing Money

Anca Dumitra

Story by Jack Foley

ROMANIAN actress Anca Dumitra is to head the cast of Doing Money, a fact-based one-off drama from the BBC.

Written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Lynsey Miller, the drama is being billed as a shocking true story about slavery in modern Britain.

The story will follow Ana (to be played by Dumitra), a young Romanian woman snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland and used as a sex slave in a series of ‘pop up’ brothels.

According to the BBC, Ana’s story is designed to offer “a tense and thought-provoking thriller, with powerful insights into the challenges of policing a form of modern slavery that hides in plain sight”.

A press statement adds: “It exposes just how big business ‘doing money’ is.”

Joining Dumitra on the show are Downton Abbey star Allen Leech, who will play the police investigator DI Dougie Grant, as well as Tom Glynn-Carney (The Last Post), Dragos Bucur (The Long Way Back), Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country) and Cosmina Stratan (Beyond The Hills).

The ensemble line-up is completed by Voica Oltean (Breaking News), Alina Serban (The Last Enemy), Turlough Convery (Poldark), Karen Hassan (The Fall) and Jonathan Harden (Unforgotten).

On being cast as Ana, Dumitra commented: “Ana is a truly remarkable person, someone who has survived endless abuse with courage and determination, a real-life hero. I have been deeply moved by her story and it’s an honour to play her in Doing Money. This is a story that needs to be seen.”

Leech added: “I’m delighted to be part of telling this moving and important true story. Doing Money, Ana’s experience, shines a light on the shocking truth of human trafficking and slavery in Britain. DI Dougie Grant was one of the key officers at the centre of the original investigation. It’s a real privilege to play him.”

Alex Cooke, Executive Producer for Renegade Pictures, commented: “We hope telling Ana’s story will give a voice to those women who are too often invisible to the people around them. It’s a privilege to bring Ana’s story to BBC Two, told with sensitivity and intelligence by writer Gwyneth Hughes and director Lynsey Miller.

“And I’m delighted we have such a brilliant international cast who gave remarkable performances to bring this insidious and captivating story of modern day slavery to life.”

Patrick Holland, Controller for BBC Two, added: “This is such an urgent and shocking drama for our times and I am delighted that such a brilliant cast is coming together to tell Ana’s story. With Gwyneth Hughes’ powerful script and Lynsey Miller’s directorial vision, this promises to be hugely impactful.”