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Sophie Okonedo joins cast of Sky hit Britannia

Actress will star as Hemple, the wife of General Aulus (David Morrissey), in show created by multi-award-winning writers James Richardson, Jez and Tom Butterworth

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Ratched star Sophie Okonedo has joined the cast of Sky’s irreverent historical drama, Britannia.

The show, currently filming the third series, is an epic genre-bending tale of clashing civilisations and religions set in a world of mythic Celtic tribes, psychedelic druids and terrifying Romans, as a young girl tries to build a rebel alliance with a group of misfits.

Britannia is created by multi-award-winning writers Jez Butterworth, his brother Tom Butterworth and James Richardson. 

Okonedo will star as Hemple, the wife of General Aulus (David Morrissey), who arrives in Britannia to find out why her husband has failed with Lokka’s mission to capture the chosen one, Cait. If he isn’t up to the job, she certainly is. 

Series three also sees the return of actors Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, and Zoë Wanamaker.

Okonedo said: “I’m so glad to be plunged into the weird and wonderful world of Britannia. I was already a fan of the show and its writers Jez and Tom Butterworth, so I jumped for joy when they offered me the wonderful character of Hemple. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say this woman has a huge appetite…”

The first two series of Britannia are available to watch on demand on Sky and NOW TV. 

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