Aussie star David Wenham thrilled to be working on Jimmy McGovern drama Banished

David Wenham has told how much he is enjoying working on new BBC drama Banished.

The Australian actor – known for his roles in the Lord of The Rings trilogy and the 300 movies – is starring in Jimmy McGovern’s new TV series inspired by events in the 18th century when Britain established a penal colony in Australia.

David took time out from filming Banished – with a cast that includes MyAnna Buring, Russell Tovey, Ewen Bremner and Orla Brady – to attend the Harry Potter Summer Screenings Preview Evening at Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making Of Harry Potter.

David revealed: “I play Governor Arthur Phillip, who tries to build the colony despite the opposition of nemesis Major Ross.

“It’s really enjoyable, fulfilling work and it’s really great to be working on a BBC show.”

Banished is due to screen in 2015.

Also at the Harry Potter studios enjoying wand battles, butter beer and a screening of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone were Harry Potter star Warwick Davis, Jonathan Ross, Idris Elba and James Buckley.

Fans will be able to watch their favourite Harry Potter films at the series’ production home each Monday and Tuesday evening from July 7 to August 26 as the Studio Tour launches its first ever Harry Potter Summer Screenings.