Emily Blunt to star in BBC One’s The English
James R | On 12, May 2021
Emily Blunt will lead a star-studded cast in BBC One’s The English.
The new drama written by Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, Black Earth Rising, The Shadow Line) is set in the mythic mid-American landscape in the year of 1890. Produced by Drama Republic (Doctor Foster, Us, Black Earth Rising), the six-episode series is a high-octane western that follows Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son.
Blunt is joined on screen by Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga, Banshee), Rafe Spall (The Salisbury Poisonings, Trying), Tom Hughes (A Discovery Of Witches, Victoria), Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line, The Honourable Woman), Valerie Pachner (A Hidden Life, The Kingsman), Toby Jones (Marvellous, Detectorists), Ciaran Hinds (The Terror, The Woman In Black), Malcolm Storry (The Princess Bride, Doc Martin), Steve Wall (Raised By Wolves, The Witcher), Nichola McAuliffe (Tomorrow Never Dies, Doctor Who), Sule Rimi (Black Earth Rising, Strike Back) and Cristian Solimeno (Avenue 5, Guilt).
Spencer plays Eli Whipp, an ex-cavalry scout and member of the Pawnee Nation by birth, who joins with Cornelia and discovers a shared history that must be defeated at all costs, if either of them are to survive.
Blick says: “The chance to make a Western with Emily Blunt and the cast is so delicious I’m still wondering if it’s one of those weird dreams we were all having during lockdown. If not, a thrilling, romantic, epic horse-opera is heading to your screen sometime next year, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Greg Brenman will executive produce for Drama Republic alongside Blick and Blunt. Mona Qureshi will executive produce for the BBC. The producer is Colin Wratten (Killing Eve, The Witness For The Prosecution).
The series will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Filming is currently underway in Spain.