Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams star in new ITV drama, The Halcyon

All-star cast joins 1940’s hotel drama.

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ITV has confirmed the cast for new eight-part, ITV drama series, The Halcyon as filming commences.

Leading the cast is, Steven Mackintosh (Luther, Inside Men) and Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina, The Sixth Sense), in the story created by Charlotte Jones (Trust Me) and the lead series writer Jack Lothian (Doc Martin, Harry Price: Ghosthunter), of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society during the second world war.

The all-star cast also features, Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, Sound Of Music Live), Alex Jennings (The Lady In The Van, The Queen), Matt Ryan (Arrow), Hermione Corfield (Pride and Prejudice And Zombies) and Mark Benton (Waterloo Road).

The 1940’s London-set drama will also feature a soundtrack of the music of the era, with two songs written by multi award-winning singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum, and a special guest performance by singer Beverley Knight where she will perform at the Café De Paris.

The Halcyon reveals how war permeates everyone’s lives from the glamorous guests to its loyal, hard-working staff watched from within by American journalist Joe O’Hara (Matt Ryan).

Further cast includes: Sope Dirisu (Undercover), Liz White (Pride), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall), Annabelle Apsion (Call The Midwife), Jamie Blackley (If I Stay), Ed Bluemel (Holby City), Nick Brimble (Grantchester), Michael Carter (Casualty), Akshay Kumar (Homeland), Imogen Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Nico Rogner (Looking For Simon), Kevin Eldon (Danger Mouse) and Lauren Coe (Camelot).

The Halcyon is produced by Left Bank Pictures and will be filmed in London and surrounding areas.