CHARLOTTE RILEY will play the DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE in a one-off TV drama.
British actress Charlotte, who played feisty horse trainer May Carleton in Peaky Blinders, stars as Kate Middleton in King Charles III, a TV adaptation of the stage play by Mike Bartlett.
Charlotte will portray the spouse of the future King William Windsor, played by actor Oliver Chris, in the “future history” imagining of Prince Charles’s accession to the throne following the Queen’s death in the BBC2/Masterpiece drama.
The 34-year-old actress, who is married to Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy, was last seen on the big screen in film Heart of the Sea.
King Charles III is written in blank verse (poetry without rhyme) and depicts the fallout of the King’s refusal to sign a controversial bill into law resulting in a constitutional crisis, political chaos and rioting on the streets.
Charlotte, who has a reputation in the industry for playing “posh girls” told the Radio Times: “I’m really excited to come on board King Charles III. It’s such a unique project, to be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story, is an exciting prospect for an actor.
“Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to.”
The Jewel in the Crown actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who played Charles in London and New York in the stage play, will reprise the title role of Charles, calling it the “high point” of his career. Richard Goulding returns as Prince Harry and Margot Leicester as Charles’ wife Camilla, and Adam James will also reprise his role as Prime Minister Tristram Evans.
“I am thrilled that we are to film it – it is a drama about us, now, who we are, and the relevance of our monarchy. Television gives it an important democratic voice,” added Pigott-Smith.