Businesswoman, author and TV personality Katie Price has signed on for her first leading role as an actor (her latest of many professions). She will play the iconic British political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in a major new BBC drama. The series, which is believed to be a three-parter, will air as part of the BBC’s new autumn drama season in September.
The series is currently being scripted by Andrew Davies (Mr. Selfridge, Pride & Prejudice) and Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors). Tom Shankland, who has worked on other TV dramas including Agatha Christie’s Marple and Ripper Street, has signed on to direct.
Ms Price has said of her new venture: “It will be fabulous to portray the leader of the Suffragette movement onscreen. I am looking forward to my first leading role and I promise to keep a diary every day on set. Andrew Davies is a terrific writer, and Michael Hirst has always been known for his commitment to historical accuracy – I’m thrilled to be taking part”.
This diary, which, she promises, will contain details of onset arguments and costume fittings, will form the basis of the 147th volume of Ms Price’s autobiography (it will be her 223rd book in total, including her novels). The book, which will be titled “Being Emmeline: Suggragettes, Clothes and False Teeth”, will be released in Harback in August.
The series will be a Kudos Film & Television Production (producers of Hustle, Life on Mars and Broadchurch) in association with HBO Miniseries for BBC One.