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First-look image from ITV’s Vanity Fair

Olivia Cooke and Tom Bateman lead the all-star cast.

Vanity Fair
Credit: ITV

The first image of ITV and Amazon Studios’ new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair has been released.

The image shows Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) as central heroine Becky Sharp and Tom Bateman as Captain Rawdon Crawley.

Vanity Fair boasts a star-studded cast that includes Charlie Rowe (Salvation) as George Osborne, Johnny Flynn (Genius) as Dobbin, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Tour (The History Boys) as Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) as Miss Pinkerton and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.

Also starring the series are Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty) who plays Becky’s confidante Amelia Sedley, with Simon Russell Beale and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as her parents, and David Fynn (School of Rock) as her brother Joss.

Filming on the series started in Budapest and continued in locations in and around London. Vanity Fair has been adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair follows modern heroine Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.

Vanity Fair is commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama Polly Hill who commented:

“Vanity Fair feels like the perfect classic to adapt for ITV, and Gwyneth Hughes’ stunning scripts bring the novel to life in a way that will really connect with a modern audience. The question was always who would be our perfect Becky Sharp and that is undoubtedly Olivia Cooke! So we are thrilled she has agreed to play Becky, in what promises to be a very exciting new drama for ITV next year.”

Vanity Fair will premiere on the channel internationally before premiering as an Amazon Prime Exclusive in the US.

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