Apple TV+ takes viewers on a journey into the misty swamps of Essex with its all-new adaptation of The Essex Serpent, the bestselling about a woman in search of a mythical beast.
Based on the novel by Sarah Perry, the new series stars Claire Dance and Tom Hiddleston and is set in Victorian England.
The Danes play the main role of Cora Seaborne, a widow with a keen interest in natural history, who travels to Essex to search for a giant snake said to dwell in the swamps, which she believes is a type of Plesiosaur that has escaped evolution.
Read everything you need to know about the cast and characters of The Essex Serpent.
Claire Danes plays Cora Seaborn
Who is Cora Seaborn? A newly widowed wealthy woman with a keen interest in natural history. After her abusive husband dies, she packs her bags and heads to Essex, where there are reports of a mysterious mythical snake lurking in the marshes.
Where have you seen Claire Dance before? The Hollywood A-lister may be best known for her award-winning role as Carrie Mathison on the acclaimed TV series Homeland, but you’ll also know her from the likes of My So-Called Life, The Hours, Stardust, and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tom Hiddleston plays Will Ransom
Who is Will Ransom? Handsome Vicar of Essex parish Aldointer. He is threatened by his parishioners’ obsession with the mythical neighborhood, which he considers a deviation from their faith.
Where have you seen Tom Hiddleston before? He rose to international fame as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appeared in the likes of Thor and The Avengers, and most recently reprized his role in the Disney Plus series Loki. He has also starred in Wallander, Night Manager, Crimson Peak, Midnight in Paris, The Deep Blue Sea, and The Hollow Crown.
Clémence Poésy plays Stella Ransome
Who is Stella Ransom? Wife and guardian, and mother to their three children. She has a delicate constitution, which means she refrains from hiking Cora and Will.
where did you see Clemence Boise before? Viewers of a certain age will recognize her as Fleur Delacour from the Harry Potter series. You may also recognize her from In Bruges, 127 Hours, War and Peace, The Tunnel, and more recently from Ten Percent and Tenet.
Frank Dylan plays Luke Jarrett
Who is Luke Jarrett? A talented and pioneering surgeon who befriends Cora during her late husband’s final days.
Where have you seen Frank Dylan before? Another Harry Potter graduate, the actor played a young Tom Riddle (or rather, Lord Voldemort) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He went on to star in Sense8, In the Heart of the Sea, Fear the Walking Dead, and The Girlfriend Experience.
Hayley Squires plays Martha
Who is Martha? Cora’s socialist maid, who is also the nanny of Cora’s young son.
Where have you seen Hayley Squires before? She is best known for Anna, Daniel Blake, Collateral, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, The Miniaturist, and the lead role on the recent Channel 4 series Adult Material.
Michael Gibson plays Matthew Evansford
Who is Matthew Evansford? Will Ransom’s will.
Where have you seen Michael Gibson before? The stage and screen actor played King George in the West End version of Hamilton, opposite his Essex Serpent co-star, Jamael Westman. He is best known for a variety of on-screen projects, including Les Misérables, 1917, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Honor, Cobra, A Discovery of Witches, and the ITV comedy-drama The Last Competition.
Jamal Westman plays Dr. George Spencer
Who is Dr. George Spencer? Doctor and companion of Luke Jarrett. He soon becomes attracted to Martha, but she doesn’t seem to reciprocate his feelings.
Where have you seen Jamal Westman before? The lead role of Alexander Hamilton originated in the West End production of Hamilton, and has since moved onto the screen, starring in the Anne Boleyn and On the Edge series.
Lily-Rose Aslandogdu plays Naomi Banks
Who is Naomi Banks? A local Essex girl whose older sister Gracie Banks disappears at the beginning of the series.
where did you see Lily Rose Aslandodo before? Viewers will recognize her as Belinda Mullucks in Call the Midwife, and Alice Roosevelt in The Alienist.
The first episode of The Essex Serpent will be broadcast on BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2022In addition to a panel discussion with original book author Sarah Perry, director Cleo Barnard and cast members. the tickets For sale now here.
The Essex Serpent premieres on Apple TV + Friday, May 13, 2022 – sign up for Apple TV + here. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.
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