Holliday Grainger, James Norton for BBC1 adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Stellar cast announced for Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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Holliday Grainger (Tulip Fever, The Riot Club), Richard Madden (Birdsong, Game Of Thrones) and James Norton (Happy Valley, Death Comes To Pemberley) are set to star in Jed Mercurio’s BBC One’s 90-minute adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Holliday Grainger plays Lady Chatterley with James Norton as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. Richard Madden plays gamekeeper Oliver Mellors.

Jed Mercurio, writer and director, says: “I’m hugely flattered that such a fabulously talented young cast will bring these iconic roles to life.”

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, an early-20th-century tale of love across class boundaries, tells the legendary and romantic story of Lady Chatterley’s affair with her gamekeeper. With its original 1928 edition censored in Britain for over 30 years after it was written, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is one of the most sexually pioneering novels of the 20th century.

Beryl Vertue, Executive Producer, Hartswood Films, says: “I am delighted to be working with Serena Cullen who developed this exciting project, and Jed’s great screenplay has enabled us to attract these fine actors.”

Serena Cullen, Producer, Serena Cullen Productions, adds: “It’s an exciting challenge to be producing Lady Chatterley and a privilege to be working with Jed Mercurio and Beryl Vertue.”

The drama is a Hartswood Films production in association with Serena Cullen Productions. It is written and directed by Jed Mercurio and is part of the BBC’s ambitious season of classic 20th century literature.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover will begin filming on location in Wales this October to transmit in 2015 on BBC One.