‘Covert Affairs’ star Richard Coyle joins the cast of ITV drama ‘Life Of Crime’ as filming begins

Further casting announced for ‘Life Of Crime

ITV and Ecosse Films has announced further casting for new three-part drama ‘Life Of Crime‘ as Principal photography begins. .

As reported by us a couple of weeks ago the drama will star Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, Any Human Heart, Pillars of the Earth, Captain America) as risk-taking and impulsive rookie policewoman, Denise Woods, who becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer of a 15-year-old girl called Amy.

Atwell will be joined by: Richard Coyle (Covert Affairs, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as DS Ray Deans, Con O’Neill (Lewis, Criminal Justice), Amanda Drew (Switch, Elfie Hopkins), Christopher Fulford (Tower Block, Bel Ami, Whitechapel), Ruth Mccabe (Single-Handed, The Street), Julian Lewis Jones (Elfie Hopkins, Stella), Joel Beckett (EastEnders, The Office) and Ray Panthaki (Blessed, EastEnders).

The drama penned by Declan Croghan (Waking the Dead, Ripper Street, Taggart) explores Denise’s career over three decades as she progresses through the Metropolitan Police Force and how choices she makes as a rookie officer have long-lasting and explosive repercussions on both her professional and personal life.

As dawn breaks one September morning, Denise accompanies DS Ray Deans (Coyle) to a crime scene to discover the bruised, battered and strangled body of teenager Amy in a narrow lane behind one of Brixton’s nightclubs.

Life of Crime‘ is the examination of one woman’s life both personally and professionally.  The drama asks the question; what does it take to make a modern police officer, and what will that police office sacrifice to catch a killer?

Life of Crime is produced by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd (DCI Banks, Lip Service), executive produced by Douglas Rae (Mistresses, Nowhere Boy) and Michael Parke (Camelot, He Kills Coppers) for Ecosse Films (Charlotte Gray, Becoming Jane, Brideshead Revisited) and co-produced by Oliver Frampton. Jim Loach (DCI Banks) will direct the drama. Octagon Films will co-produce in Ireland

“Life of Crime is an original and powerful thriller with a brilliant central character,” said Laura Mackie part of ITV’s drama commissioning team says: “Declan’s scripts vividly capture the changing face of policing over three decades and I’m so pleased that we have an actress of Hayley’s calibre in the lead role.”

Hayley Atwell says, “I am thrilled to be portraying the dynamic Denise Woods in this exciting new production. The story is riveting from beginning to end and offers a great challenge for an actress. The audience are in for a treat”.

Life Of Crime‘ is currently filming for the next six weeks in London and Dublin.