All-star for the BBC Made drama

David Oyelowo

The BBC is bringing Victor Hugo, Les Misérables to the small screen, and announced an all-star cast.

Dominic West will play the lead role of Jean Valjean, while Lily Collins takes on the role of Fantine.

David Oyelowo stars as Valjean’s nemesis, Javert, with Erin Kellyman as Eponine in the six-part series.

Bafta winning actress Olivia Colman will also feature Andrew Davies, non-musical version of the 19th-Century classic.

Davies has a string of successful TV adaptations to his name, including 2016 of War and Peace, starring James Norton, 1995 Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, and Charles Dickens Little Dorrit (2008), which won seven Emmy awards.

Jason Merritt

Collins said his next role: “I’m so thrilled to be playing Fantine. Andrew is a wonderful series opens with the character in a new way that I’ve never seen before in previous adaptations.”

The west has said that he could not wait to “get stuck”, while Oyelowo has said: “To play an iconic role like Javert is any actor’s dream, but to play the game as written by Andrew Davies goes beyond my wildest dreams.”

The shooting will begin in February in Belgium and in France.

Davies said: “This is such an intense and heartbreaking story and I am delighted that this esteemed ensemble of actors will be bringing to life.”

Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Les Miserables won three Oscars in 2013 including best actress in a supporting role for Anne Hathaway’s turn as Fantine.

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