Karen Gillan, Damien Molony and Zawe Ashton join new HBO series from OITNB creator

The trio join Eddie Izzard in the US drama pilot about the Salem Witch Trials from Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan

Karen Gillan’s sitcom Selfie may have failed to take flight but she’s wasted no time landing another small screen role across the pond. The former Doctor Who actress has joined the cast of The Devil You Know, a new pilot from Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, reports Deadline


She’ll be joined by  Damien Molony (Being Human) and Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton, both making their debut appearances on US television alongside Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ewen Bremner and previously announced Eddie Izzard.

With such a high quota of British and Irish talent, you’d be forgiven for thinking the HBO drama was set on British shores, but you’d be wrong. Instead The Devil You Know will look at the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England as neighbour was set against neighbour leading a town to mass hysteria.

Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family and a leader in agrarian Salem Village. Molony will play his eldest son, opposite Ever Carradine as Putnam’s wife, while Rhind Tutt portrays Minister Samuel Parris, a hard-line Puritan who isn’t popular with his peers until the accusations begin flying. Hannah Nordberg will play his daughter, Betty, with Naian Gonzalez Norvind as his niece and Ashton signed on as the Parris’ slave brought from Barbados. 

Bremner stars as Israel Porter, patriarch of another powerful clan with Gillan cast as his youngest daughter, Jane. Matthew James Thomas is Henry Paine, a village newcomer from England and Nigel Lindsay completes the cast as Dr Griggs, a man of science and reason.


Filming on the pilot is expected to begin this spring in Boston.