BBC Drama to feature star of ‘The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself’ in gripping tale of Chloe Ayling’s kidnapping.


In an exciting casting announcement, talented actor Nadia Parkes, known for her captivating performances in ‘The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself,’ has been chosen as the lead in a highly anticipated BBC drama centered around the shocking abduction of British model Chloe Ayling.

Parkes, who has impressed audiences with her roles in popular shows, will step into the shoes of Ayling in the compelling six-part series titled ‘Kidnapped’ (working title). Joining her are an incredible ensemble cast that includes Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Lindsay, Olive Gray, Eleanor Romandini, Julian Swiezewski, and Christine Tremarco, with additional casting details to be revealed in the future.

Based on Ayling’s own book, the series will delve into the harrowing events surrounding her abduction in Italy and her awe-inspiring display of bravery and resilience while held captive. It also explores the subsequent court case that resulted in the incarceration of her kidnappers. However, amidst the legal victory, Chloe finds herself in the midst of media scrutiny, with headlines suggesting her direct involvement in staging her own kidnapping. This captivating narrative promises a gripping exploration of trauma and its portrayal in the media.

Already a remarkable talent, Parkes has astounded audiences with her performances as Annalise O’Brien in Joe Barton’s spellbinding Netflix fantasy drama ‘The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself,’ as well as her portrayal of Rosa de Vargas in Starz’ critically acclaimed series ‘The Spanish Princess.’

Expressing her honor and excitement about taking on this crucial role, Parkes states, “This story is timely and important in addressing how trauma is portrayed in the media. I am honored to portray Chloe and be involved in the BBC adaptation.”

Adding to the anticipation, the series ‘Kidnapped’ is being crafted by Georgia Lester, the brilliant mind behind the popular show ‘Killing Eve.’ BBC Studios, in collaboration with BBC Three, is producing the series, with filming set to take place in Italy and the UK. The production enjoys the full cooperation of Ayling herself, ensuring an authentic and compelling representation of her extraordinary journey.

Directed by the talented Al Mackay and produced by Clare Shepherd, ‘Kidnapped’ promises to be a gripping and emotionally charged drama. The executive producers include Priscilla Parish, Michael Parke, and Andrew Morrissey for BBC Studios, with the remarkable Lucy Richer serving as the executive producer for the BBC.

Prepare to be captivated as Nadia Parkes and an incredible ensemble cast bring Chloe Ayling’s captivating story to life in this groundbreaking BBC drama series, set to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.


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