Jenna Coleman cast as devastated mum

Victoria actress Jenna Coleman will star as a mum whose newborn baby is snatched in a new BBC1 thriller.

The Cry, which has been adapted from the novel by Helen FitzGerald, sees Joanna (Jenna) and her husband Alistair (Ewen Leslie) thrust into the public glare when their baby is abducted from a small coastal town in Australia.

Billed as “exposing the myths and truths of motherhood”, the four-part story sees the couple’s marriage and lives change forever as they face an unthinkable tragedy.

Jenna, who was most recently seen in The Victoria Christmas Special on ITV, said she was looking forward to “tackling” the challenge of playing the devastated mum.

“I first read Jacquelin Perske’s script on a plane, it felt like walking a tightrope, racing page to page, unsettling, unknowable, uncomfortable, and thrilling,” said Jenna.

Claire Mundell, Executive Producer for Synchronicity Films, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to have Jenna and Ewen as our lead cast, and to be bringing this emotional rollercoaster of a story to BBC and international audiences.”

The Cry will be shot in and around Melbourne in Australia and Glasgow. It’s not yet been revealed when the Jenna Coleman drama will be broadcast.