‘Ted Lasso’ Hannah Waddingham joins ‘Tom Jones’ to reinvent masterpiece – deadline
Hannah Waddingham Emmy winner (Ted Lasso) joined Solly McLeod and Sophie Wilde in the cast of Tom Jones, a mini-series reimagining the classic Henry Fielding novel The story of Tom Jones, a foundling, for the PBS masterpiece, mammoth screen (Poldark) and ITV.
First published in 1749, Tom jones is the scandalous tale of a young man’s attempt to find his place in the world. It’s widely regarded as a British classic and has been adapted before, most notably in the feature film version from 1963 with Albert Finney as the main character.
Waddingham will play the seductive and vengeful Lady Bellaston.
She joins McLeod as hero Tom, Wilde as heroine Sophia Western, and Pearl Mackie as Sophia’s trusted servant, Honor.
The cast also includes James Fleet, Alun Armstrong, Shirley Henderson, Tamzin Merchant, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Susannah Fielding, Daniel Rigby, James Wilbraham, Felicity Montagu, Janine Duvitski Dean Lennox Kelly and Lucy Fallon.
Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Vanity Fair), Tom jones is directed by Georgia Parris (Husband) and produced by Benjamin Greenacre. James Gandhi, Gwyneth Hughes, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler produce for Mammoth Screen, Susanne Simpson and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece and Polly Hill for ITV. Tom jones is a co-production between Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece.
Waddingham just won an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Rebecca Welton in the hit Apple series Ted Lasso. She can also be seen in Netflix Sex education and she’s part of the cast of Dan Harmon’s upcoming animated series Krapopolis for Renard. She is represented by Atlas Artists, CAA and Creative Artists Management.