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Janet McTeer and Stephen Rea join BBC's Honourable Woman

Janet McTeer

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-nominated actors Janet McTeer (pictured) and Stephen Rea have joined the cast of BBC2’s upcoming thriller series, The Honourable Woman.

They join Maggie Gyllenhaal in the ambitious seven-part drama, which is set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gyllenhaal will play Nessa Stein, the daughter of an arms dealer-turned successful businesswoman.

McTeer, currently starring in BBC costume drama The White Queen, will play the head of MI6. She was Academy Award nominated for her roles in Albert Nobbs and Tumbleweeds.

Rea, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Crying Game, will play a spy.

Other cast members include Lindsay Duncan – who plays Rea’s bitter ex-wife – Andrew Buchan, Katherine Parkinson and Eve Best.

The Honourable Woman has been written and will be directed by Hugo Blick, who won a BAFTA for directing the BBC Two noir thriller The Shadow Line.

It will be screened on BBC2 next year (2014) and in the US by The Sundance Channel, which is co-producing the drama.

Production begins in London next week.

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