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Sky Announces Cast For ‘Sweetpea’ Adaptation Of C.J. Skuse’s Novel Starring Ella Purnell

There's a lot more of Ella Purnell coming in 2024!

by Dave Elliott

Top: Leah Harvey, Jeremy Swift, Dustin Demri-Burns, Nicôle Lecky. Bottom: Calam Lynch, Ella Purnell, Jon Pointing

It’s been an exciting week for Ella Purnell! Not only were the photos released yesterday for her upcoming Prime Video series ‘Fallout’, but now Sky Atlantic have announced she will lead the cast in an adaptation of C.J. Skuse’s novel Sweetpea.

Described as a “deviously twisted coming-of-‘rage’ story”, Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets, Fallout) stars as Rhiannon: a quiet wallflower on a darkly comedic and intoxicating journey of self-discovery, with deadly consequences.

Rhiannon Lewis doesn’t make much of an impression – people walk past her in the street without a second glance. She’s continually overlooked for a promotion at work, the guy she likes won’t commit, and her dad is really, really sick. So far, so shit. Then everything in her life turns upside down. Rhiannon is pushed over the edge, and loses control. Suddenly the wallflower is gone, and in its place is a young woman capable of anything… Rhiannon’s life transforms as she steps into a new, intoxicating power, but can she keep her killer secret?

Alongside Purnell, the cast includes an array of exciting British talent, such as Nicôle Lecky (Mood, Sense8) as Julia, Jon Pointing (Big Boys, Smothered) as Craig, Calam Lynch (Bridgerton) as AJ, and Leah Harvey (Foundation) as Marina. The drama also stars Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso) as Norman and Dustin Demri-Burns (Slow Horses) as Jeff.

The series is adapted from C.J. Skuse’s novel of the same name by writer and Executive Producer Kirstie Swain (Pure), and written by Kirstie Swain, and Krissie Ducker (Killing Eve), alongside Laura Jayne Tunbridge and Selina Lim (Sex Education, Hanna). The series will be directed by award-winning director Ella Jones (The Baby, Back To Life), who also serves as Executive Producer.

‘Sweetpea’ is produced by See-Saw Films and fanboy in association with Sky Studios. Commissioning Editor, Manpreet Dosanjh, is Executive Producer for Sky Studios. Executive Producers for See-Saw Films are Patrick Walters (Heartstopper), Helen Gregory, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman. Kirstie Swain is an Executive Producer and writer, working alongside Krissie Ducker, Laura Jayne Tunbridge and Selina Lim (Sex Education, Hanna). Ella Purnell and Ella Jones also serve as Executive Producers. Co-Executive Producers are Krissie Ducker and Simon Gillis. Zorana Piggott (Heartstopper) is Series Producer.

The series is now in production in the UK and will be available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in 2024 in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

Sweetpea‘ does not yet have a premiere date. If you want to keep track of this or any of the shows, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when the next season gets a UK premiere date.

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