Hollywood star Samantha Morton has been cast in BBC1’s adaptation of the famous novel Cider With Rosie.
She plays Annie Lee, the mother of the story’s author Laurie Lee, who wrote the book about his childhood memories in a Cotswold village just after World War One.
“I’m thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC1’s adaptation of Cider With Rosie as it is one of my favourite books,” says Samantha, who started her TV career in ITV’s Cracker and has gone on to become a Golden Globe winner and two-time Oscar nominee for the films Sweet And Lowdown and In America.
Samantha joins an all-star cast which also includes Jessica Hynes (Twenty Twelve, Spaced) as Miss Crabby, June Whitfield (Absolutely Fabulous) as Granny Wallon and Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as Granny Trill. Look out, too, for Billy Howle, currently starring in E4’s Glue, who takes the role of Private James Harris.
Cider With Rosie is currently filming in Gloucestershire and will be shown on BBC1 in 2015 as part of a season of dramas based on classic 20th-century literature, which also includes The Go-Between, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and An Inspector Calls.