BBC One has started the Gold Digger filming and announced more cast members. Julia Ormond (Sabrina, Legends of the Fall) and Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Punisher) are heading up the six-part series about a woman falling in love with a much younger man and the effect it has on her already damaged family.
Written and created by Marnie Dickens (Thirteen), Gold Digger tells the story of the wealthy 60-year old Julia Day (Julia Ormond) as she falls in love with Benjamin (Ben Barnes), a man 26-years her junior. As the series progresses, the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is explored and the secrets of their past are revealed. Has Julia finally found the happiness she’s always deserved? Or is Benjamin really the gold digger they think he is?
Playing Julia’s family are Sebastian Armesto (Poldark, Broadchurch) as the high-achieving eldest son Patrick who always trying to be a good man, Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen, Trauma) as Della, the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button, and Archie Renaux as Leo, the baby of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father.
Also starring are Alex Jennings (Unforgotten, The Crown) as Julia’s ex-husband Ted, Nikki Amuka-Bird (NW, Hard Sun) as Julia’s former best friend Marsha, and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple) as Ted’s mother, Hazel.
Gold Digger is co-produced by Ani Kevork (Age Before Beauty, Unforgotten). Vanessa Caswill (Little Women, Thirteen) will direct the first three episodes. David Evans (Preacher, Jamestown) will direct the rest of the series. The series will be shot around Devon and London.
The Gold Digger executive producers are Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes and Guy de Glanville for Mainstreet Pictures; Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One, and Marnie Dickens.
Gold Digger was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. The series will be distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.