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Cannes Winner Timothy Spall Joins Haunted House Drama ‘Enfield Haunting’

Thesp won best actor at Cannes for Mike Leigh’s 'Mr. Turner' (above)

Mr. Turner

LONDON — Timothy Spall, who won the best actor prize at Cannes for Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” has joined the cast of haunted house TV drama “The Enfield Haunting.”

U.K. satcaster BSkyB has commissioned the three-part dramatization of real events that are alleged to have taken place at a North London house in 1977. Series is adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House Is Haunted.”

Spall will play Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher. After a recent personal tragedy, he is drawn to the house on Green Street after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorized by malevolent unseen forces.

He will be joined in the cast by Juliet Stevenson (“Emma,” “Truly Madly Deeply”) as his wife Betty, and Matthew Macfadyen (“Ripper Street”) as Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with skepticism.

Kristoffer Nyholm, who directed Danish drama “The Killing,” will helm from a screenplay by Joshua St. Johnston (“Walking on Sunshine,” “Sweeney Todd”). Adrian Sturges (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”) will produce for Eleven Film.