×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving Join Benedict Cumberbatch Series ‘Melrose’

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving have joined the cast of Showtime and Sky Atlantic’s upcoming limited series “Melrose,” Variety has learned.

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce the series, which is based on the “Patrick Melrose” series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn.

With each episode devoted to one of the five novels, the series will encompass the saga of Melrose’s life, from his horribly abusive youth at the hands of his father (Weaving) and the mother who tacitly condones the behavior (Leigh), to the outrageous playboy he becomes and the struggles he endures to defy the damage of his own past. Anna Madeley, who also joins the cast, will play Melrose’s wife.

Leigh currently appears in the Showtime revival of “Twin Peaks,” and previously recurred on the hit Showtime series “Weeds.” She is also known for her appearances in films such as “The Hateful Eight,” “LBJ,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

In addition to playing Agent Smith in “The Matrix” trilogy and Elrond in “The Lord of the Rings,” Weaving’s other notable film roles include “Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Hobbit,” “Captain America,” and “V for Vendetta.” He is repped by CAA and Shanahan Management.

Madeley has had an extensive career on the British stage and on television, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with the BBC. Most recently, she appeared in “The Crown” as Clarissa Eden. She is repped by Independent Talent Group and NB Management.

David Nicholls is writing all five episodes of the series, which will be directed by Edward Berger. Michael Jackson and Rachael Horovitz will executive produce. Jackson, the former Channel Four and IAC executive, recently formed the drama banner Two Cities Television, with this series being the company’s first production. Along with Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland will also executive produce for Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch Productions.

More TV

  • Pete Davidson Sits Out Final 'Saturday

    Pete Davidson Sits Out Final 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of 2018

    Just hours after “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a message on social media that said he “really [didn’t] want to be on this Earth anymore,” he was absent from the final 2018 live sketches of the late-night sketch comedy show. But although Davidson did not take part in the sketches or appear [...]

  • Pete Davidson photographed by Peggy Sirota

    Pete Davidson Posts Unsettling Message, Deletes Instagram

    UPDATED: “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a disturbing message Saturday morning stating he doesn’t “want to be on this earth anymore,” then deleted his Instagram account. In the post, Davidson wrote, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all [...]

  • Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor

    Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

    Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of [...]

  • Russian Doll

    TV News Roundup: Natasha Lyonne's 'Russian Doll' Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    On Friday’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “Russian Doll” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Brexit” film has a premiere date on HBO FIRST LOOKS Showtime has released a new teaser for the upcoming comedy series, “Black Monday,” which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars and is executive produced by Don [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content