Eastenders Star Jessica Plummer Joins BBC/HBO Max Series The Girl Before

The actress will join Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo in the adaption of JP Delaney’s best-selling psychological thriller.

The Girl Before follows Jane (Mbatha-Raw), a traumatised woman who falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house, which remains under the spell of the architect (Oyelowo) who originally designed it. But when she discovers that another damaged woman died in the same One Folgate Street property three years earlier, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a rerun of the girl before.

Plummer has signed up to play Emma, the logline description reads, “fun-loving and confident Emma working at an unfulfilling marketing job, and is less than satisfied with her partner. For her, One Folgate Street’s stone walls represent security, safety, and renewal. But Emma is hiding a dark secret and, living in the pressure cooker that is One Folgate Street, the truth will out in the end‘.

Created, written, and exec produced by JP Delaney, the limited four-part series is adapted from Delaney’s own best-selling novel of the same title. Marissa Lestrade (White Stork; Deep State 2) will co-write episodes of the series and Emmy nominated Lisa Brühlmann (Killing Eve; Servant; Blue My Mind) will direct.

Executive Producers are Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh for 42, Ben Irving for the BBC, JP Delaney, and Lisa Brühlmann. Jeniffer Kim will oversee the project from HBO. Rhonda Smith will produce and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an associate producer. The adaptation was commissioned for the BBC by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer.

The Girl Before will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and HBO Max in the US. ITV Studios is the international distributor and brokered the co-commission deal with HBO Max.

Plummer was a member of the British girl group Neon Jungle from 2013 to 2015, with whom she released an album that peaked at number eight on the UK Albums Chart. From 2019 – 2020, she played Chantelle Atkins in BBC’s EastEnders, where she became widely recognised for highlighting the issue of domestic violence.

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