The Killing star Sofie Grabol joins Suranne Jones in BBC’s Gentleman Jack

Danish actress Grabol will be playing royalty in the new period drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright

Sofie Grabol, Suranne Jones (Getty, BBC, EH)

The Killing star Sofie Gråbøl has joined the cast of BBC1’s Gentleman Jack to play Queen Marie of Denmark – meaning she’ll be swapping her detective’s famous winter knitwear for corsets and jewels.

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The eight-part series stars Suranne Jones as “Britain’s first modern lesbian” Anne Lister, a 19th century Yorkshire landowner who embarks on a passionate courtship with a wealthy heiress against all the conventions of the era.

Happy Valley’s Katherine Kelly has also joined the cast as Elizabeth Sutherland, the sister of Anne Lister’s intended wife Ann Walker, portrayed by Bodyguard and Peaky Blinders actress Sophie Rundle.

Other new cast members include Sylvia Syms (Rev) as the Elderly Mrs Rawson, Brendan Patricks (Downton Abbey) as the clergyman Thomas Ainsworth, Caspar Phillipson (Jackie) as Mr De Hagemann and Polly Maberly (EastEnders) as Lady De Hagemann.

They are joining the previously announced cast of Gemma Whelan (Game Of Thrones) as Anne Lister’s sister Marian, Timothy West (Last Tango In Halifax) as their father Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary) as Aunt Anne Lister.

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Gentleman Jack, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, will complete filming in the coming weeks. The series is due to air on BBC1 in 2019.