Olivia Colman to star in film adaptation of the London Road musical

Broadchurch actress to take on neighbourhood watch role in story of the Ipswich murders alongside Tom Hardy and Anita Dobson

Actress Olivia Colman is to join the cast of London Road, as the popular stage show is reimagined as a film. 


The National Theatre show, which ran in 2011 and 2012, details the Stephen Wright murders, which led to the killing of five female prostitutes in Ipswich. 

Wright was found guilty of the murders in 2008. Real testimonies of the local residents were used to create the musical’s lyrics in the Rufus Norris directed show.

Colman will take on the role of Julie, according to reports. Julie is on the neighbourhood watch committee in the local area and devises a plan to boost morale after the shocking events – in the form of a flower growing competition. 

Tom Hardy, who it has just been revealed has teamed up with Ridley Scott in a new BBC One drama, will also feature in the film as a taxi driver. Anita Dobson (perhaps best known for playing Angie Watts in EastEnders) is also reported to have joined the line-up.