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July 4, 2007

Spooks star Keeley Hawes has been cast as Philip Glenister’s new sidekick in Life on Mars sequel Ashes to Ashes. Hawes is to play psychological profiler, DI Alex Drake, who finds herself transported back to 1981.

In a total contrast to that balls-up that has been the new Dr Who companion, the guys behind LoM have expertly chosen a rather understated actress who, whilst being well-known by some fans of the genre, isn’t a huge name who threatens to eclipse the show’s main star.

I’ve never seen Spooks and have never played Tomb Rader (she’s apparently the voice of the character) but I’ve seen hr in a few things and she’s great. But I’ll mostly be coming to this with fresh eyes and no preconceptions (which is as it should be). It’s a shame to say it, but those involved with casting have to be very careful with actors with such high profiles.

I’m not saying they can never cast anyone too big (look at the sterling job Jacobi did) but the makers have to remember that certain faces will have other connotations with some viewers, especially actors who have made their name touting catchphrases and merchandise. Some viewers (like myself) won’t be able to distinguish between one persona and another, which is why the big names are best left to cameo appearances (which is why I’m fine with Kylie’s Xmas Who role).

Comparing the two castings, I’m now even more sure that RTD wanted publicity. Shame.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 4, 2007 5:50 pm

    I quite like the Keeley Hawes casting for one reason: the lady can act. She’s one of those actresses who are consistently so good, you don’t realize you’re watching someone act. I do believe this is how it’s supposed to be. Well done Kudos!

    As for Tate? Um…I’ll pass.

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