Sarah Lancashire

Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire to star in Jack Thorne’s The Light

It's from the same writer of previous vehicle Kiri

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Sarah Lancashire will star in Jack Thorne’s new Channel 4 series The Light.

The 54-year-old actress – who previously appeared in the 40-year-old screenwriter’s drama Kiri, which aired last year – has signed up to be the lead character of his new four-part Channel 4 series, in which she will play the wife of a local politician who is trying to bring together a shattered community.

Sarah appeared in Kiri (Credit: Channel 4)

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Sarah – who will play Polly in the upcoming show – said: “This is the most wonderful opportunity to work with Channel 4, The Forge, and Jack Thorne’s masterly writing once again.

“The Light is a fiercely powerful piece; shocking and emotive and I feel extremely privileged to be a part of it.”

Jack – who has also penned BAFTA winner National Treasure – is eager to work with Sarah again following their previous success.

He said: “I’m so excited to be working with Sarah again. I always try and resist writing for specific actors, for fear of heartbreak, but I couldn’t keep Sarah out of my thoughts as I wrote this and I’m so delighted she was prepared to work with us again.

Sarah won a BAFTA for leading actress in Happy Valley (Credit: YouTube/BAFTA)

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“She makes the worst lines sound good, and the slightly better lines sound amazing, and everything.”

The new drama tells the story of a forgotten community who have hopes of a better future; regeneration, and much needed employment due to a large construction project.

But an explosion, followed by a catastrophic collapse, leaves many dead, children included, and the community devastated.

The story centres on Polly and their daughter Leona, who now has a lifelong disability following the disaster.

As the show progresses, Polly is forced to hold the community together as anger and blame begins to brew.

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