Natalie Dormer, star of Game of Thrones and The Tudors, will lead a cast of British actors in a gripping 18th century factual drama, detailing the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley, who dared to leave her husband and elope with his best friend.
The untold story of Lady Worsley is brought to life by award-winning writer David Eldridge who has based his screenplay on author Hallie Rubenhold’s book ‘Lady Worsley’s Whim’. The book is inspired by the full length oil painting of Lady Worsley that hangs in Harewood House in Yorkshire. She is depicted wearing a bright red riding habit.
The one-off ninety minute drama sees Seymour Worsley, a passionate, courageous woman at the centre of a very public trial brought by her powerful husband Sir Richard Worsley. As the drama unfolds, a woman’s worth and material value as one of her husband’s possessions are called into question. When Lady Worsley decides to leave her troubled marriage and elope with Captain George Bisset, the truth doesn’t stay behind closed doors for long.
As well as Natalie Dormer the cast is set to include Endeavour’s Shaun Evans as Richard Worsley and Cilla’s Aneurin Barnard as George Bisseett.
BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw says of the drama, “it’s terrific to add The Woman in Red to BBC Two’s powerful tradition of creating factual dramas, from The Challenger to Wipers Times, which bring to life remarkable true stories. It is an almost unbelievable tale of a woman – Lady Seymour Worsley – whose audacity and risk-taking stood against the currents of her time, and I’m delighted to have attracted such strong talent both on and off screen to make it.”
Natalie Dormer adds: “I am thrilled to be playing a woman who was so ahead of her time. Though our story is set in the 18th century, it challenges and explores the issues still fully relevant today of freedom and equality. To be home in London shooting with such a talented ensemble in front and behind the camera is a real treat.”