Dame Helen Mirren to return to television for the first time in ten years
Dame Helen Mirren is returning to television for the first time in ten years.
Mirren is reportedly in talks to appear as the head of MI6 in a new spy series also starring Colin Firth. The series is to be an adaptation of Charles Cumming’s novels about Thomas Kell, who will be played by Firth.
Academy Award winner Mirren last appeared on small screens as detective Jane Tennison in 2006, a role she played for seven seasons of the show.
The Sun reported: “Helen is interested in playing the role as it’s a key character that just doesn’t sit around in an office.
“The books are great and Colin has been interested in them for years since he read the first one.
“Since The Night Manager, TV bosses have been desperate to get their hands on the next big British spy drama because it was so successful around the world.
“Getting such a high profile and well-loved actress like Helen on board is a real coup.”
Mirren would play Amelia Levene in the series, the head of MI6 whose disappearance causes shockwaves before disgraced spy Kell is drafted in to locate her.
Novel author Charles Cumming is reportedly on board to write the pilot, while Firth – a long-time fan of the series – will produce as well as play the lead role.
The six-part series is expected to hit screens in in 2017, with ITV hopeful to buy the rights to broadcast the show.