The BBC has announced the cast for Red Rose, the eight-part horror from Eleven which includes rising stars Amelia Clarkson and Isis Hainsworth, alongside join Adam Nagaitis, Natalie Gavin and Samuel Anderson.

Created by the Clarkson Twins, Michael and Paul, the series will be filmed in Bolton and will Red Rose will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Netflix world-wide.

Newcomers Amelia Clarkson (The Last Kingdom, Poldark), Isis Hainsworth (Metal Lords, Catherine Called Birdy), Ali Khan (Halo, The School For Good and Evil) Ellis Howard (Home, Catherine The Great) and Ashna Rabheru (Sex Education, Indian Summers) plus celebrated actors Adam Nagaitis (Chernobyl, The Terror), Natalie Gavin (Ali & Ava, Gentleman Jack) and Samuel Anderson (Landscapers, Doctor Who).

Newcomers making their television debuts are Harry Redding, currently playing Jem Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird in the West End, and Laurence Olivier Bursary-winner, Natalie Blair.

Red Rose explores the intoxicating relationship between teenagers and their online lives. Set in the long hot summer following GCSEs, friendships are infiltrated by the Red Rose app, which blooms on their smartphones, threatening them with dangerous consequences if they don’t meet its demands. The app exposes the group to a seemingly supernatural entity and the seductive, terrifying power of the dark web. Red Rose is ultimately a story of friendship, told through the prism of a classic horror-thriller.

Red Rose is directed by Ramon Salazar, whose credits include Spanish language thriller Elite (Netflix); Henry Blake (BIFA and Bafta-nominated County Lines), and Lisa Siwe (The Bridge, Temple), with Camilla Bray as producer.

The cast has been brought together by Kharmel Cochrane, who cast Alex Garland’s highly anticipated Men, and Robert Eggers’ The Northman, as well as most recently Hullraisers and Anne Boleyn.

Salazar works closely with his Director of Photography Ricardo De Gracia Moreno, whose shared credits include Elite and Sunday’s Illness. The show’s production designer is Stephan Collonge, whose credits include Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part II. He has also recently worked with Clio Burnard on Ali & Ava.

Red Rose is a co-production between Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne) for BBC Three and Netflix. It is executive produced by Joel Wilson, Carissa Hope Lynch and Jamie Campbell for Eleven, Nawfal Faizullah and Mona Qureshi for the BBC and Polly Williams. Olivia Trench co-executive produces for Eleven.

Red Rose will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in the UK and Netflix for the rest of the world. Worldwide distribution is managed by eOne.

Pippa Considine

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