Former Spooks star Keeley Hawes is set to follow in the footsteps of John Simm when she joins the cast of Ashes To Ashes, the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Life On Mars.
Hawes was today announced as the actress who will bring to life DI Alex Drake, ripped from her current world of sexual equality and respect and finds herself faced with the boorish DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister).
Hawes said she was “thrilled to be playing Alex” who she described as “a force to be reckoned with as far as Gene Hunt is concerned; the two of them locking horns in the Eighties will certainly be a sight to behold, never mind the shoulder pads.”
Jane Featherstone, Executive Producer for Kudos, said: “Keeley will be fantastic as Alex ‘posh knickers’ Drake. She is sexy, ballsy and very intelligent, exactly like Alex � she’s bound to turn Gene’s egocentric life upside down!”
Due to transmit on BBC One in 2008, Ashes To Ashes is written and created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharaoh, two creators of the award-winning Life On Mars.
With additional writing credits for Mark Greig (Life On Mars), Mick Ford (William And Mary) and Julie Rutterford (Life On Mars), it is produced by Kudos, in association with Monastic Productions, the new production company of Graham and Pharaoh.