Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman to star in “haunting” new BBC2 drama

The Bafta-winning actress will star alongside Vanessa Redgrave in the adaptation of bestselling novel The Thirteenth Tale

Olivia Colman – the Bafta-winning star of Broadchurch, Accused and Twenty Twelve – is set to star in a “haunting psychological mystery” on BBC2.


She will act alongside Vanessa Redgrave in The Thirteenth Tale, a new 90-minute drama based on the best-selling novel by Diane Setterfield.

The Thirteenth Tale is a “disturbing story” following a biographer (played by Colman) who interviews fading famous writer Vida Winter (played by Redgrave). Until now, Winter has refused to reveal the dark secrets in her history but together the two women must now face the ghosts of their own pasts…

BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson says: “Building on our record-breaking BAFTA success and BBC Two’s reputation for world-class drama, The Thirteenth Tale is yet another treat for the audience later this year. Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, along with the award-winning team behind the drama, illustrate BBC drama at its best – attracting the highest calibre of talent and making the most ambitious content possible.”

The drama’s script is written by Atonement’s Christopher Hampton, directed by The White Queen’s James Kent and produced by mother and son duo Harry Potter’s David Heyman and Dangerous Liasons Norma Heyman.

Olivia Colman, who picked up best female performance in a comedy and best supporting actress at this year’s Bafta TV awards, is having something of a busy 2013. The 39-year-old actress has already starred in films Hyde Park on Hudson and I Give It a Year, as well as TV series Broadchurch and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and is also set to star in Cuban Fury, Locke, The 7.39, Run and Mr. Sloane.


The Thirteenth Tale will be shown on BBC2 later this year.