Cast announced as filming begins on BBC1 / Netflix thriller, Requiem

Lydia Wilson leads the cast of new psychological thriller Requiem

Filming has commenced in Newport, Wales on Kris Mrska’s Requiem, a major new six-part psychological thriller (with subtle supernatural undertones), for BBC One and Netflix.

In 1994 a toddler disappears from a small Welsh town, never to be seen again. Twenty-three years later, talented young cellist Matilda, played by Lydia Wilson (Star Trek Beyond, About Time), has her life turned upside down by her mother’s inexplicable suicide. In the wake of the tragedy Matilda begins to question everything she thought she knew about herself, embarking on a quest that leads her to that Welsh village – a place haunted by its own past, where the secrets she uncovers threaten to unravel her very identity.

Matilda is joined on her journey to discover the truth by loyal best friend Hal (Joel Fry) and Nick (James Freecheville), another stranger in town who may not be all that he seems.

The cast includes  Clare Rushbrook (Rose), Tara Fitzgerald (Hilary), Richard Harrington (Aron), Joanna Scanlan (Janice), Brendan Coyle (Kendrick), Sian Reese Williams (Trudy), Dyfan Dwyfor (Ed) and Ifan Huw Thomas (Harry).

Requiem is a co-production between New Pictures (The Missing, Indian Summers) and Netflix in association with all3media International and written by Kris Mrksa (episodes 1-4 and 6) and Blake Ashford (episode 5)..

Kris Mrksa (The Slap, Underbelly), the creator and writer, says: “Requiem is the show I’ve always wanted to make. To be making it with the team at New Pictures, and for the BBC and Netflix, networks that I so greatly admire, really is a dream come true.”

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, says: “Kris Mrska’s Requiem is a unique thriller with a strong authorial vision and a wonderful cast confirmed. BBC One continues to bring audiences exciting and bold original drama series.”

Welsh Government Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “Our growing success in the TV and film production industry is helping to promote Wales globally and highlight the talent and skills base that we have here. Attracting productions of this calibre to Wales is a sector priority and brings direct and indirect benefits to the economy, to local communities and to the film and TV sector.”

Requiem is directed by Mahalia Belo (Volume, Ellen).