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Billie Piper to star in A Passionate Woman

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BILLIE Piper is going to Yorkshire to film a new drama based on Kay Mellor's A Passionate Woman.

Filming will start in Leeds later this month, ready for broadcast on BBC1 next year.

The film tells the story of a young wife and mother who falls in love with her Polish neighbour in 1950s Britain only to have the affair exposed 30 years later. Mellor wrote the stage play after her mother confided in her that she had once had an affair.

It premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds before transferring to the West End and being staged around the world.



Kay Mellor's play, A Passionate Woman, has been adapted into two stories. The first focuses on a mother's affair in the Fifties and the second is set in the Eighties and looks at the consequences of that affair 30 years on. A Passionate Woman is a very personal look at the changing role of women over the last 50 years.

Set in Leeds in the Fifties Cold War period, Billie Piper stars as Betty, a young wife and mother who reluctantly falls passionately and hopelessly in love with her charismatic Polish neighbour, Alex Crazenovski, played by Theo James.

But little does Betty know that some 30 years later, in Eighties Thatcherite Britain, her affair will implode on her beloved son Mark's wedding day.
Andrew Lee Potts plays Mark in the Eighties.

Sue Johnston, stars as Betty in the Eighties opposite Alun Armstrong who plays her devoted, if dull, husband, Donald. The younger Donald is played by Alun Armstrong's real-life son Joe Armstrong, in his first on-screen appearance with his father.

Margaret, Betty's sister, is always there for her sibling through thick and thin, and in her younger years aided and abetted Betty's affair. Frances Barber plays Margaret in the Eighties and Rachel Leskovac plays Margaret in the Fifties.



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