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The Pursuit Of Love cast: Who stars in the BBC One drama?

THE creators of Sherlock and Downton Abbey have combined forces to bring us The Pursuit Of Love.

The BBC period drama, based on Nancy Mitford's classic novel, is an "outrageously funny and honest story", according to director Emily Mortimer.

What is The Pursuit Of Love about?

The Pursuit of Love is an interwar classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the eccentric upper-class.

Set in Europe during the two World Wars, The Pursuit Of Love follows cousins Linda Radlett and Fanny Logan as they hunt for the ideal husband.

Linda falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice.

It is yet unclear how much of the novel will be altered in the show.

In a BBC interview, Emily Mortimer said about directing the show: "I've always loved Nancy Mitford so when I was asked to adapt The Pursuit of Love, it was impossible to say no.

"It's an outrageously funny and honest story, whose central character – the wild, love-addicted Linda Radlett – still reads as a radical."

Who is in the cast of The Pursuit of Love?

The Pursuit of Love boasts a star-studded cast, full of familiar BBC faces.

Lily James

Lily James will be playing the main character, Linda Radlett - a beautiful and eccentric young girl looking for love.

Lily is no stranger to period dramas, having played the role of Lady Rose MacClare in Downton Abbey.

She has appeared in Cinderella (2015), Baby Driver (2017), Darkest Hour (2017), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), and Yesterday (2019).

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is taking a break from playing the hunky priest in BBC's Fleabag to play Lord Merlin.

Lord Merlin is the Radlett's wealthy and eccentric neighbour.

Scott is best known for his roles in various BBC shows including Sherlock, Fleabag, Black Mirror, and His Dark Materials.

Dominic West

Dominic West stars as Mr Logan, Fanny's father.

He is best known for playing Jimmy McNulty in The Wire and Dr Chris Cox in the Sky One series Brassic.

West has also appeared in Appropriate Adult (2011), 300 (2007), John Carter (2012), The Square (2017), and Collette (2018).

Emily Beecham

Emily Beecham plays Linda's best friend, Fanny Logan.

Emily is best known for her role in the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, and the AMC television series Into the Badlands.

She has starred in Daphne (2017), and Little Joe (2019), the latter of which won her Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

Shazad Latif

British actor Shazad Latif is taking a break from CBS's Star Trek: Discovery to star in the BBC period drama.

Latif first found fame when he was cast as Tariq Masood in Spooks.

He has gone on to play Clem Fandango on Toast Of London, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on Penny Dreadful.

Dolly Wells

Dolly Wells is best friend and long-time collaborator with director Emily Mortimer, and so it was inevitable that she would make an appearance in the show.

She co-wrote and directed the 2019 comedy-drama Good Posture.

She has also had roles in Star Stories, Some Girls, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Blunt Talk, and Dracula.

Beattie Edmondson

Beattie Edmondson will make an appearance in The Pursuit of Love.

Beattie is the daughter of Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson.

She is best known for her role in BBC Three sitcom Josh.

Assaad Bouab

French-Moroccan actor Assaad Bouab stars in the drama.

Bouab has has roles as Qamar Maalof in Messiah (2020), and Waleed in Homeland.

He also had a regular role in the popular French television series Call My Agent!.

Freddie Fox

Freddie Fox also stars in the BBC period drama.

Fox's acting roles include singer Marilyn in Worried About The Boy (2010), King Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers (2011), Edwin Drood in the BBC's The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), and Freddie Baxter in Cucumber (2015) and Banana (2015).

When will The Pursuit Of Love air?

The Pursuit Of Love airs on Sundays at 9pm with the fist episode on May 9, 2021.

Three-part drama comes out airs on BBC One.

The Pursuit Of Love was shot primarily around Bristol and Bath in the UK, with filming delayed following coronavirus pandemic.

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