Filming is due to start at the end of June on the BBC's new 90-minute adaptation of The Borrowers, based on Mary Norton's books about tiny people living in secret beneath floorboards. The star-studded production includes Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan and Shaun Dooley, alongside top young talent Robert Sheehan and Aisling Loftus.
rising stars 20 year old Aisling Loftus (represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant) stars as Arrietty Clock, the rebellious teenage daughter of Pod and Homily Clock (played by Christopher Eccleston and Sharon Horgan). Aisling is a graduate of the Nottingham-based Television Workshop who started acting at the age of nine and recently starred in Five Daughters and Dive. She will also be seen in the upcoming Death of a Superhero, starring alongside Thomas Sangster.
Misfits star Robert Sheehan, after her parents are captured by the evil Professor Mildeye (Stephen Fry).
Arrietty sneaks out one night and befriends James, a lonely boy who lives above her in the house with his father Robert Millman – played by Shaun Dooley.
12 year old Charlie Hiscock (represented by Scream Management), who last year starred as Jed in the CBBC drama Combat Kids, plays James.
This new adaptation has been written by Ben Vanstone, and is to be directed by Tom Harper (Misfits, Scouting Book for Boys, This is England 86).
"I couldn't be more thrilled with Ben's take on this classic Christmas story," said Juliette Howell, head of television at Working Title, which is making the programme. "It feels fresh, original, and above all funny."
Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson said: "A brilliant and bold contemporary version of this classic tale with all the charm of the original but with a thrilling, moving and funny modern sensibility, written and directed by two of our most exciting young talents with an amazing cast - it's the perfect Christmas present."
Shooting will take place in South Africa till August and the film will be shown on BBC1 this Christmas.