Filming has begun in Wales and the West Country on the major new series The Winter King – based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles.
A bold and revisionist take on the well-loved Arthurian Legends, The Winter King follows Arthur Pendragon as he evolves from outcast to legendary warrior and leader. The Winter King is set in the 5th century, long before Britain was united, in a land of warring factions and tribes when the World was brutal and lives were often fleeting.
Featuring an exciting range of established names and new talent the cast includes:
IAIN DE CAESTECKER (The Control Room, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as a young Arthur, who begins as an exiled bastard before becoming the greatest hope for Britain.
STUART CAMPBELL (SAS Rogue Heroes, Clique) is Derfel who transforms from left-for-dead orphan to the truest of all warlords.
ELLIE JAMES (Giri/Haji, I May Destroy You) is Nimue, a priestess saved by Merlin because she can see the gods – he gives her power, wisdom and learning.
EDDIE MARSAN (The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe, Deceit) is Uther, High King of all Dumnonia, old and battle-tested. He commands incredible authority, over almost all, bar Merlin.
NATHANIEL MARTELLO-WHITE (Small Axe, I Hate Suzie) is Merlin – a politician, powerful, enlightened and absolute. Fearless in the face of a King’s wrath he follows his connection to his Gods in all things.
DANIEL INGS (I Hate Suzie, The Crown) is Owain, one of Arthur’s closest childhood friends and like a son to High King Uther.
VALENE KANE (The Fall, Gangs of London) is Morgan, Arthur’s half-sister and another bastard child of King Uther. She is a sharp-tongued and independent-minded pagan and student of Merlin.
SIMON MERRELLS (Good Omens, Knightfall) is Gundleus, King of rival kingdom Siluria. Imposing and savage, Gundleus is prepared to slaughter whoever he needs to in order to secure power.
Produced by Bad Wolf in association with One Big Picture and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The Winter King has been commissioned for ITVX by Head of Drama, Polly Hill. Polly will oversee the commission on behalf of the channel.
Kate Brooke and Ed Whitmore will adapt Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles and Executive Produce alongside Otto Bathurst, who will be the lead director and will Executive Produce with Toby Leslie. Executive Producers are Julie Gardner, Lachlan MacKinnon, Sherry Marsh, Shelley Browning and Kenneth Browning. Produced by Catrin Lewis Defis.