Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany to play a younger Helen Mirren in BBC Film Woman in Gold

BBC confirms Maslany's casting in the film in which the actresses play a Jewish Second World War survivor Maria Altmann who who fought the Austrian Government to retrieve stolen paintings

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will be joining Helen Mirren in the cast of new BBC film Woman in Gold, the BBC has confirmed.


Head of BBC Films Christine Langan has told RadioTimes.com that the actress, who plays the various clones in the Canadian sci-fi thriller Orphan Black, will be playing young Maria in the movie about real life heroine Maria Altmann.

Mirren plays the older Altmann, a Jewish Second World War survivor who fought the Austrian Government to retrieve several Gustav Klimt portraits that were stolen from her family during the conflict.

Already confirmed in the cast are the actor Ryan Reynolds who plays Altmann’s lawyer who takes on the case and Daniel Bruhl who will play his legal adversary, the lawyer representing the Austrian government.

Praising the film, Langan told RadioTimes.com that the movie is a “personal story that transcends the big story for all of us.”

Last week the the BBC unveiled a raft of new films including What We Did On Our Holiday starring David Tennant and his Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman.

In the film, scheduled for a September release, the two families clash at the birthday of the two men’s father played by Billy Connolly.

Colman also stars in BBC Films’ London Road, based on the National Theatre’s production of the musical about the real-life 2006 Ipswich murders.She plays Julie, a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer.