Follow Us on Twitter

Matthew Rhys and Matthew Goode for BBC's Death Comes to Pemberley

Matthew Rhys

Story by Jack Foley

MATTHEW Rhys (pictured) and Matthew Goode have been cast in BBC1’s forthcoming adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley.

Former Brothers & Sisters star Rhys will play the role of Mr Darcy and will be joined by Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Bennett in the adaptation of the popular PD James novel.

Goode, whose film credits include Stoker and Watchmen will play George Wickham.

The three-part series is set six years after the events of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and focus on a murder mystery.

Rhys commented: “Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who’ve institutionalised him in the past. The beauty of Pemberley is that it is an entirely new and different Darcy six years on. And also, I don’t have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches!”

Goode added: “I’m thrilled to be involved in this adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley. I have long been an admirer of Jane Austen and, in particular, of Pride & Prejudice. More exciting still is the chance to work with Matthew Rhys who is not only one of the most talented actors of my generation but also the most fun.”

Filming begins in Yorkshire next month (June).

Fans of Rhys can also catch him in new American series The Americans, which commences on ITV on June 1, 2013.

Next story: Gillian Anderson’s The Fall renewed for second series