BBC2 drama White Heat’s hot cast revealed

Hip young stars of "the new This Life" are the cream of Britain's latest wave of acting talent


BBC2’s new drama series White Heat couldn’t have been given a more appropriate title considering the white hot young cast who’ve been pulled together for the show.


The programme’s stars gathered in London last week for a costume fitting and a peek at the series’ script, which takes their characters from 1965 to 2012.

Paula Milne’s six-part series will follow a group of student flatmates as they find their way in a changing world. For the actors, it was the first time they’d got together, though far from their first TV credits…

MyAnna Buring plays Lilly, and has appeared in Any Human Heart and The Twilight Saga; Sam Claflin will tackle the role of Jack, after appearances in United and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Claire Foy, familiar to us from The Promise, Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs, plays Charlotte; David Gyasi, who’s been spotted in Murderland and will soon be seen in Red Tails, appears as Victor; Jessica Gunning, of Law and Order: UK and Doctors fame, will be portraying Orla; Lee Ingleby from Crooked House and Being Human will play Alan; and Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time actor Reece Ritchie plays Jay.

Milne expressed her delight with the calibre of the show’s assembled players: “Our young cast are all riding the crest of their own burgeoning, brilliant careers – like the characters are when we first meet them…They all say they are lucky to play such parts. Me, I think we are lucky to have them.”


White Heat is expected to air on BBC2 at some point during 2012.