Keeley Hawes ‘can’t wait’ to begin filming JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (VIDEO)

Keeley Hawes says it was an amazing experiece to read JK Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, knowing that she would play one of the lead roles in a BBC/HBO adaptation.

Keeley will play Samantha Mollison, the mother of twins and a woman who’s becoming rapidly disenchanted with her life in the drama set in a small West Country community which is torn apart when a parish councillor dies and other locals vie for the position. The subsequent battle reveals factions and deep schisms and soon dark secrets become public knowledge…

Keeley told What’s on TV: “I read the book, The Casual Vacancy, on holiday and I absolutely loved it… You read a book and you always imagine the people you know as the characters. Well, I do. There’s always someone you have in your imagination and it was amazing to read it with me in it!

“I read the script and then I read the book because I knew I’d have time when I was away and it was so exciting to be reading a book and be reading about me and put myself into that situation!”

Keeley says The Casual Vacancy shoot begins in Bristol in 2-3 weeks, adding: “I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait, it’s something completely different for me and totally and utterly different from [Line of Duty detective] Lindsay Denton.”

Watch Keeley Hawes talk about The Casual Vacancy: