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Chernobyl: first-look images releases for Sky and HBO co-production starring Jared Harris

Four images have been released for the upcoming series.

Chernobyl - Jared Harris

Four first-look images have been released for Sky and HBO’s new co-production Chernobyl.

The five-part mini-series will premiere in May, airing on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV. Chernobyl brings to life the true story of the unprecedented man-made tragedy, and the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

The newly released images introduce four of the show’s main characters. Take a look below and find out more about each of them:


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Valery Legasov

Chernobyl: Jared Harris as Valery Legasov

Credit: Liam Daniel / Sky / HBO

Jared Harris (The Crown) portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he is one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that has occurred.


Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina

Chernobyl: Stellan Skarsgård as Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina

Credit: Liam Daniel / Sky / HBO

Stellan Skarsgård (Melancholia) plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident.


Ulana Khomyuk

Credit: Liam Daniel / Sky / HBO

Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie) portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster.


Lyudmilla Ignatenko

Chernobyl: Jessie Buckley as Lyudmilla Ignatenko

Credit: Liam Daniel / Sky / HBO

Jessie Buckley (Beast) plays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, the young wife of Vasily, a firefighter who suffers from exposure to radiation at Chernobyl. More than anyone, Lyudmilla is the human face of the tragedy of Chernobyl, enduring unimaginable pain and loss.


Chernobyl is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (The Identity Thief). It is directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by Jane Featherstone (Humans) for Sister Pictures, Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) for The Mighty Mint and Gabriel Silver for Sky.

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Johan Renck and Chris Fry (Humans) co-executive produce and Sanne Wohlenberg (Black Mirror) produces.


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