Anna Friel, Paula Malcomson Join BBC Drama Series ‘Broken’

Robert Mitchell

Anna Friel and Paula Malcomson have joined the cast of Jimmy McGovern’s six-part BBC drama “Broken,” starring “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Bean.

The prime-time drama for flagship channel BBC One starts filming this week in Liverpool and stars Bean as a modern, maverick Catholic priest presiding over a Northern English urban parish who is confidant, counsellor and confessor to a congregation struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the challenges of daily life in contemporary Britain.

Friel, who worked with McGovern on the third season of “The Street” in 2009, will play a single mother living with her three children and mother in the heart of the community.

“‘The Street’ gave me one of my most rewarding roles, and afterwards I promised myself that I would collaborate with Jimmy McGovern again,” said Friel. “When the chance came up to work on ‘Broken,’ I jumped at it. It’s a typically brave and truthful script from Jimmy, an important subject and a unique character.”

Malcomson, who stars in Showtime series “Ray Donovan” opposite Liev Schreiber, is set to play a woman consumed by a gambling addiction which leads her to a monumental decision that will change the lives of her family forever.

Aisling Loftus and Adrian Dunbar have also joined the cast, which already includes Mark Stanley, Muna Otaru, Danny Sapani, Lauren Lyle and Rochenda Sandall.

Created by McGovern, who also serves as an executive producer, “Broken” is produced by Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy for LA Productions. Lucy Richer serves as executive producer for the BBC. Ashley Pearce and Noreen Kershaw have been tapped to direct. BBC Worldwide is handling international distribution.

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