Blackpool actor to star on small screen

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Blackpool-born actor David Thewlis is to lead the cast of a new screen adaptation of An Inspector Calls.

The Harry Potter and War Horse actor will play The Inspector in a new BBC One version of JB Priestley’s classic play, alongside Ken Stott (The Hobbit, Rebus) as Arthur Birling and Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia, Parades End) as his wife Sybil.

David Thewlis, who also appears in award-winning cinema hit The Theory Of Everything, says: “An Inspector Calls is a British classic and I am thrilled to be working on this beautiful screen adaptation with Aisling Walsh.”

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An Inspector Calls is part of a new BBC season of classic 20th Century literature, also featuring Adrian Hodges’ adaptation of The Go-Between, Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s novel Cider With Rosie.

Filming will start next month in Yorkshire and will air on BBC One later this year.

Producers Drama Republic have described the “honour” of working with a “dream cast”, and BBC Drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer added David was the “perfect actor” to bring to life the “mysterious and elusive Inspector Goole” at the front of a “stellar cast”.

Born David Wheeler, the 51-year-old actor took his mother’s maiden name as a professional actor. He attended Highfield High School.