Harry Potter’s Julie Walters Cast on ITV1’s THE JURY

Julie Walters

Principal photography has began on THE JURY, a brand new five part drama series written by BAFTA award winner Peter Morgan for ITV1, produced by ITV Studios.

Julie Walters (Harry Potter) plays Emma Watts, a defense attorney who is determined to free Alan Lane (John Lynch – Sliding Doors, Merlin), a man convicted for the violent murder of three women he met on the internet. New evidence has come to light which calls his conviction into question and there is a fierce battle between Watts and John Mallory (Olivier award winning Roger Allam – The Thick of It, The Queen) who is the prosecuting attorney for Lane.

The Jury is a compelling, character based series which focuses on the everyday people who find themselves at the center of one of the most controversial criminal re-trials of their time. It is gripping, dark and emotionally charged and the jurors are forced to face the complexities of their own lives as they are caught up in the experiences of being a key player in such a high profile Old Bailey trial.

Among the jurors are 18 year old Rashid Jarwar (Aqib Khan – West is West), Lucy Cartwright (Natalie Press – My Summer of Love) who unwittingly finds herself standing in for her busy boss Theresa (Sarah Alexander – Coupling), Paul Brierley (Steven Mackintosh – Land Girls) a young man who cares for his elderly mother, Diana Bulmore (Jodhi May – Tipping the Velvet) a teacher who has fallen in love with her 17 year old pupil and senior citizen Jeffery Livingstone (Ronald Pickup – Lark Rise to Candleford).

The drama has been commissioned by ITV’s drama commissioning team Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

Mackie said:

“Peter Morgan’s original series in 2002 was a hugely popular state of the nation drama so we were delighted when he came up with a brand new, equally compelling, case. Peter is one of the best writer’s in the country so we are delighted to have his work back on ITV1.”

ITVS Creative Director of Drama, Kate Bartlett added:

“We are thrilled that Julie Walters will be playing defence barrister Emma Watts opposite Roger Allam’s prosecution barrister John Mallory in Peter Morgan’s drama that sees his return to television. We also have an exciting ensemble of actors playing our juror’s – Steven Mackintosh, Jodhi May, Natalie Press and Ronald Pickup – to name a few and John Lynch as the convicted Alan Lane. Peter Morgan’s original Jury was a stunning drama and Peter has written another original, complex, character based serial for ITV1 that we hope will make compelling viewing.”

The Jury will be in production in and around London throughout the rest of March, April and May. The five part drama will transmit on ITV1 this autumn and will be stripped over a week, Monday to Friday.

The Jury is an ITV Studios production and is executive produced by Kate Bartlett and co-executive produced by Peter Morgan. The producer is Lee Morris and the director is Michael Offer (The Passion).

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