Stefanie Martini has been cast as the young Jane Tennison in the prequel to “Prime Suspect,” the 1990s detective drama created by Lynda La Plante and starring Helen Mirren. The prequel, which has the working title “Tennison,” will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Martini, whose credits include “Doctor Thorne,” “Endeavour” and “Emerald City,” plays Tennison at the start of her London police career in the 1970s. Sam Reid (“Belle,” “The Riot Club”) and Blake Harrison (“Dad’s Army,” “The Inbetweeners”) have been cast as Tennison’s superiors Len Bradfield and Spencer Gibbs.
Alun Armstrong (“New Tricks,” “Little Dorrit”), Ruth Sheen (“Unforgotten,” “Inside No.9”), Lex Shrapnel (“Medici: Masters of Florence”) and Jay Taylor (“Promise”) are cast as crime family members Clifford, Renee, John and David Bentley.
Jessica Gunning (“Jericho,” “Fortitude”) is also cast as fellow police officer Kath Morgan alongside Andrew Brooke (“Babylon,” “Da Vinci’s Demons”) as Tennison’s senior officer, Sergeant Harris.
The producer is Rhonda Smith and the director is David Caffrey. The series was written by La Plante, based on her book “Tennison.”
“Prime Suspect” ran for seven seasons from 1990 to 2006, and won two Emmys for Mirren.
Martini is repped by Gary O’Sullivan at Troika.