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New foes threaten ‘The Musketeers’


Following the demise of Marc Warren‘s Comte De Rochford in the finale of series 2, BBC One’s The Musketeers was in need of a new villain for Series 3, and stepping up is not one, but two villains played by Rupert Everett (Parade’s End) and Matthew McNulty (The Mill).

Everett joins the swashbuckling drama as Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron, the corrupt Governor of Paris, Head of the Red Guard and illegitimate brother to Louis XIII. McNulty joins the cast portraying Lucien Grimaud, a money lender and vicious criminal who clawed his way out of poverty and neglect. Both men go up against the Musketeers and bring chaos and sedition to the monarchy and Paris.

Speaking about the role, Rupert Everett says: “I’m very excited to be joining the cast of The Musketeers for the new series. I love the show and am really looking forward to working with the team.”

Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Howard Charles and Santiago Cabrera return as The Musketeers. Also reprising their roles are Hugo Speer as Captain Treville, Ryan Gage as King Louis, Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne and Tamla Kari as Constance.

Hilary Martin, Head of BBC Drama North, says: “The third series of The Musketeers promises to be an ambitious and electric piece of drama. We are thrilled our lead writers Simon Ashford and Simon Allen’s fantastic scripts have attracted such exceptionally high-calibre actors to join the Musketeers on their exciting journey through war-torn and politically turbulent 17th-century Paris.”

The Musketeers is made by BBC Drama Production North and co-produced by BBC Worldwide and BBC America.