More join the Gunpowder plot

Former Downton Abbey actor Tom Cullen is among the cast of the BBC’s big new drama based on th 27th Gunpowder plot.

He joins Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss in the drama which begins filming soon.

Cullen, who played Lady Mary’s suitor Viscount Gillingham in Downton, has been cast as Guy Fawkes in the drama.

He will star alongside Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, who has already been confirmed in the role of Robert Catesby, the mastermind of the plot to blow up Parliament.

Gatiss will be playing as spymaster-in-chief Robert Cecil, with Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler as Catesby’s cousin Anne Vaux who becomes suspicious of her relation’s activities.

Broadchurch star Shaun Dooley plays Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right hand man, with David Bamber as the Earl of Northumberland and Kevin Eldon as Sir Joseph Hawksworth.

Also cast is Wolf Hall actor Edward Holcroft as Catesby’s friend and co-plotter Thomas Wintour, and Robert Emms as Father Gerard, a firebrand young priest.

Derek Riddell has been cast as King James I of England, with EastEnders actress Sian Webber playing Catholic sympathiser Lady Dorothy Dibdale. Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc plays the Constable of Castille, who was involved in the conspiracy.

The three-part drama will focus on Catesby, the 30-year-old Warwickshire gentleman who masterminded the failed assassination attempt on King James.

Expect to see it on BBC One later in the year.

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