Keeley Hawes talks “The Casual Vacancy” in new interview!

The cast for the upcoming BBC miniseries adaptation of The Casual Vacancy was officially announced earlier this month, and now one of the stars has spoken out about her excitement in taking part.

Keeley Hawes (who also has a role in the eighth series of Doctor Who) will play Samantha Mollison, a bored housewife who has become disenchanted with her life and with her husband’s political ambitions. It seems Hawes had not read the book before she auditioned but soon became a fan:

I read the book, The Casual Vacancy, on holiday, and I absolutely loved it… you read a book, and you always imagine the people you know as the characters. Well, I do. There’s always someone you have in your imagination, and it was amazing to read it with me in it!

I read the script, and then I read the book because I knew I’d have time when I was away, and it was so exciting to be reading a book and be reading about me and put myself into that situation!

You can watch her video interview below:

Are you looking forward to the miniseries? How do you think Keeley will do as Samantha? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Jessica J.

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