Cast Announced for JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

The BBC and HBO have just revealed the cast for the miniseries The Casual Vacancy, based on J.K. Rowling’s book. Among the cast is a face that will be very familiar to Harry Potter fans: Michael Gambon.

Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon

Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy is about the English town of Pagford, and how an election uncovers the secret wars and rivalries among the citizens. The book, and in turn the miniseries, has an enormous cast, and not every role has been filled yet, but here’s the list so far:

  • Michael Gambon: Howard Mollison
  • Julia McKenzie: Shirley Mollison, Howard’s wife
  • Rory Kinnear: Barry Fairbrother
  • Keeley Forsyth: Terri Weedon
  • Abigail Lawrie: Krystal Weedon, Terri’s daughter
  • Rufus Jones: Miles Mollison, Howard Mollison’s son
  • Keeley Hawes: Samantha Mollison, Miles’s wife
  • Monica Dolan: Tess Wall
  • Simon McBurney: Colin Wall, Tess’s husband
  • Richard Glover: Simon Price
  • Marie Critchley: Ruth Price, Simon’s wife
  • Michelle Austin: Kay Bawden

More casting news should be announced soon. The miniseries will air as three one-hour parts, with production due to begin on July 7 in South West England.

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