Downton Abbey star turns Dark Angel killer for ITV
Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt will play Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in a new two-part drama.
Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt will play Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in a new two-part drama for ITV, Dark Angel.
Froggatt will portray a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive of a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own – before killing them, taking their money and moving on.
Through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder, Mary Ann betters herself socially and financially. But the more she kills, the greater the risk her crimes will finally be exposed …
Inspired by the book “Mary Ann Cotton: Britain’s First Female Serial Killer” by David Wilson, it is written by Gwyneth Hughes and will be directed by Brian Percival.
ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea said, “Dark Angel is an extraordinary and chilling true story.
“We’re delighted to have an actress of Joanne Froggatt’s calibre in the lead role. The combination of a tautly written script, an outstanding cast and great producers in World Productions make this a really exciting addition to the ITV drama slate.”
Further casting will be announced before filming commences.