Theatre, Film and TV  |  Oct 24, 2013

Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel cast in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Eddie Marsan and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel are set to portray Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in the new six-part drama series, based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, adapted by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes.

Produced by Cuba Pictures for BBC One and co-produced with BBC America, the series is set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange.

Nick Marston, CEO of Cuba Pictures, said: 'It has been a passion of ours for almost a decade to bring Susanna Clarke’s extraordinary novel to the screen. Now, thanks to the great support of the BBC, it is actually happening. Peter Harness has written a first-rate adaptation and Toby Haynes is ready to weave his magic from the director’s chair. There is a huge ambition from the whole team to do justice to Susanna’s work and to bring the book to a brand new audience.'

Eddie Marsan, playing Mr Norrell, said: 'I can't wait to start playing Norrell in this terrific adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel, and to be working with such a cast of actors, many of whom I've admired for so long.'

Bertie Carvel, playing Jonathan Strange, said: 'I read the book some years ago and was totally enchanted. I've been casting spells for the part of Strange ever since. It is a considerable surprise to find that some of them worked!'

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: 'We have secured the most original, talented and dynamic cast and team to produce BBC One’s brand new adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s award-winning novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. This cements our reputation for bold and ambitious drama and I can’t wait to see Bertie and Eddie bring these wonderful characters to life in a unique and exciting way.'

Further casting includes Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, Charlotte Riley, Enzo Cilenti and Paul Kaye.

Principal photography begins next week and the series will be filmed in Yorkshire, Canada and Croatia.