Romola Garai has been cast in the BBC Two's bold four-part adaptation of Michel Faber's international best-selling novel, The Crimson Petal And The White, an intimate psychological thriller that lifts the lid on the darker side of Victorian London revealing a world seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
In the words of the heroine Sugar: "If you dare enter this world, you had better tread carefully."
28 year old Romola (represented by ARG) plays the lead role, Sugar, an alluring, intelligent young prostitute who yearns for a better life away from the brothel she is attached to – run by the contemptible Mrs Castaway (Gillian Anderson).
Highly sought after and sexually adept, Sugar finds her only comfort in the secret novel she is writing in which a murderous prostitute takes revenge on her clients. However, things change for her when she meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (Chris O'Dowd).
Sugar is a thrilling antidote to William's life, saddled with a pious brother, Henry Rackham (Mark Gatiss), and fragile wife, Agnes Rackham (Amanda Hale). Agnes regularly endures visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew (Richard E Grant), leaving her unable to perform her wifely duties.
William ensconces Sugar as his mistress and she soon grows accustomed to her new life. Yet, unbeknownst to William, Sugar begins to hatch a plan which sets a series of events in motion that will change their lives for ever.
Romola has been busy in the UK recently filming both the adaptation of David Nicholl's bestseller One Day, alongside Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and the indie film Junkhearts alongside Eddie Marsan and Tom Sturridge.
Filming will take place in Liverpool where the city’s Georgian Quarter is to be transformed into 1870s London for the Victorian period drama.