Rev star Tom Hollander is to play the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in a new BBC1 drama, A Poet in New York, written by Mr Selfridge creator Andrew Davies.



Created to mark the centenary of the birth of the Under the Milkwood poet, the drama charts the final weeks of the great carouser, who died at the tragically young age of 39 in 1953 while on a lecture tour in New York.



“Thomas was a great poet whose blazing life and premature death left both a considerable poetic legacy and an endearing reputation for bad behaviour,” says Tom.

“He was also quite fat. Playing him is both a wonderful acting challenge and a great opportunity to eat things that I would normally have to avoid.”