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Rory Kinnear and Christopher Eccleston for ITV's Lucan

Rory Kinnear

Story by Jack Foley

RORY Kinnear is to play flamboyant aristocrat Lord Lucan in a new two-part ITV drama.

Lucan, from Mrs Biggs writer Jeff Pope, will chart Lucan’s exploits as a member of the infamous Clermont set as well as the collapse of his marriage.

It will also explore the murder of Sandra Rivett – who was nanny to Lucan’s children – and what role the man himself may have played in it.

Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston will appear as Lucan’s friend, the famed gambling club host John Aspinall, while Michael Gambon has also been cast.

Steve November, ITV’s director of drama commissioning, commented: “The story of Lord Lucan continues to mystify and intrigue us. Jeff’s reputation for award-winning factual drama goes before him, and these new scripts offer a compelling insight into the events surrounding Lucan’s disappearance.”

Lucan will begin shooting next month (August 2013) on location in and around London and will screen on ITV next year.

Kinnear is an acclaimed character actor who most recently starred in film drama Broken (for which he won best supporting actor at the Moët British Independent Film Awards), as well as James Bond adventure Skyfall

The actor will also be making his directorial debut on stage with the play The Herd, which is due to open at The Bush Theatre in London in September.

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