Katherine Kelly to star in Paula Milne’s new ITV drama HIM

Cast announced for ‘domestic horror’ drama.

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ITV has announced the cast for new three-part drama HIM, from award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, The Politician’s Husband).

The cast will be lead by Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge) and James Murray (Suspects), as divorced parents of a 17-year-old boy with supernatural powers, known only in the drama as HIM (played by newcomer Fionn Whitehead).

HIM is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. Patrick Robinson (Casualty) plays step dad Victor, Simona Brown (The Casual Vacancy) as stepsister Faith and Lucy Liemann as step mum Beth.

HIM is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their newfound domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”. But his behavior is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother, played by Susan Jameson (Casualty) understands, who urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.

When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her.  They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family.  The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.

Alec Newman (The Last Kingdom) stars as Psychotherapist Clive, and Anastasia Hille (You, Me & the Apocalypse) is also cast as Professor of Physic Research Magda Elliot.

HIM is produced by Mainstreet Pictures (Unforgotten) and will begin filming in London later this month (January).