Alfie Boe is to guest star in an episode of Mr Selfridge. The British singer will appear in series two of the ITV period drama as Richard Chapman, a tenor and old friend of Lady Mae Loxley (Katherine Kelly) who once topped the bill at the Gaiety.
Mae describes him as having “the voice and heart of an angel” and asks him to sing at a Selfridge’s charity concert to raise money for the war effort, bringing him back into her life at a time when she needs him most.
“I’m a huge fan of Mr Selfridge and am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the series. I’m looking forward to seeing the set and meeting the cast,” said Boe.
Executive producer, Kate Lewis, added: “As soon as we introduced the character of Richard Chapman we knew Alfie Boe would be the perfect person to play him. We were delighted when he accepted the role and we’re looking forward to welcoming him on set.”
Series two of Mr Selfridge is set five years ahead in 1914, picking up with the country on the brink of war as the store celebrates its 5th annviersary. While Mrs Selfridge (Frances O’Connor) is living a separate life to her husband, Harry (Jeremy Piven), Lady Mae’s mysterious spouse, Lord Loxley, has come to London to keep tabs on his wayward wife.
The cast, which also includes Amanda Abbington, Grégory Fitoussi, Aisling Loftus and Polly Walker, are midway through filming the series which is expected to air in 2014.