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To Walk Invisible

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Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie and Charlie Murphy star in Sally Wainwright's feature-length drama recounting how, despite the numerous obstacles they faced, sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte emerged from relative obscurity in rural West Yorkshire to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language. Adam Nagaitis co-stars as their brilliant-but-reckless brother Branwell, whose destructive behaviour threatened to destroy the family, while Jonathan Pryce plays patriarch Patrick.



If you’ve reached that stage in your Christmas holidays when you’re growing weary of sharing bonhomie with your nearest and dearest, just think, it could be worse, you could be a Brontë sister.

You could be poor Charlotte, Emily or Anne, stuck in a freezing, grim parsonage way up on a howling Yorkshire moor, watching your ailing dad lose his faculties while your drunk brother coughs up blood. All of those enforced games of Trivial Pursuit don’t seem so bad now, do they?

Sally Wainwright’s harrowing dramatisation of life in Haworth for three women who write like angels but who, it seems, are destined to see out their days serving their menfolk or being governesses is the perfect Christmas corrective.

Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie and Charlie Murphy are formidable as Charlotte, Emily and Anne, striding the village streets like bonneted Reservoir Dogs as they seek to fulfil their destiny as the greatest of all writers.

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Charlotte BronteFinn Atkins
Emily BronteChloe Pirrie
Anne BronteCharlie Murphy
Branwell BronteAdam Nagaitis
Patrick BronteJonathan Pryce
John BrownMark Frost
Tabby AykroydJune Watson
Martha BrownMegan Parkinson
Napoleon BonaparteJonathan Carley
Duke of WellingtonJames Norton
Captain Parry/Jack SharpMatt Adams
Captain RossKris Mochrie
Young CharlotteRosie Boore
Young EmilyTalia Barnett
Young AnneLara McDonnell
Young BranwellTroy Tipple
George SmithLuke Newberry
Joe LeylandDavid Walmsley
Arthur NichollsRory Fleck Byrne
Miss PratchettRebecca Callard
William AllisonJoe Armstrong
Thomas MallinsonRhys Connah
Enoch ThomasJamie Dorrington
Samuel HartleyThomas Howes
Dr WheelhouseThomas Nelstrop
Mrs RobinsonKaren Shaw
KentFreddie Meredith
William Smith WilliamsHugh Simon
Ellen NusseyGracie Kelly
BailiffDavid Prosho
HenchmanPaul Knyman


DirectorSally Wainwright
Executive producerFaith Penhale
Executive producerSally Wainwright
ProducerKaren Lewis
WriterSally Wainwright



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