Harry Potter and Mamma Mia! star Julie Walters is part of the huge cast announced for Channel 4’s epic new drama Indian Summers.



The 10-parter is set in India in 1932 when the vast country was part of the British Empire, but was fighting for indepedence. Indian Summers tells the story of those changing times by following both those in British colonial society and the Indian community they ruled.



The action takes place in the tea plantations of northern India as well as the Himalyan mountains, with the focus on Simla, a small town in the Himalyan foothills where those who govern India spend their summer months…



Julie plays grand widow Cynthia, who is a force to be reckoned with at the Royal Club in Simla. She has influence on all those around her.



Others in the cast include The Inbetweeners star Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West (The Borgias), Roshan Seth (Gandhi), Craig Parkinson (The Line Of Duty, The Inbetweeners) and Alexander Cobb (Mr Selfridge).



Filming will take place this summer with the series due to be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015.