• The list of talent includes Jessica Marais, Craig McLachlan, Kerry Armstrong, Madeleine West, Hamish Blake, Christie Whelan Browne, Ian Meadows, Rob Collins and Hayley Magnus
Network Ten has announced the cast for the new contemporary drama series The Wrong Girl which commence shooting in Melbourne this week. Based on the best-selling novel by Zoë Foster Blake, The Wrong Girl will feature Jessica Marais – the award-winning star of television hits such as Packed To The Rafters, Love Child and Carlotta – as Lily, the producer of a cooking segment on a morning television show who finds herself torn between two very different men.
Joining Jessica is a star-studded, virtual Hall of Fame cast including Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Packed To The Rafters), Kerry Armstrong (Bed of Roses, Lantana), Madeleine West (Fat Tony & Co., Satisfaction), comedian, author and actor Hamish Blake, and Christie Whelan Browne (Spin Out, Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door). Fast-rising local acting sensation Ian Meadows (The Moodys, 8MMM) will star as Pete Barnett, Lily’s conflicted best friend.
The dynamic Rob Collins, fresh from his star turn as Mufasa in the acclaimed Australian stage production of The Lion King, will portray Jack Winters, the charismatic television chef who might just have the essential ingredients for capturing Lily’s heart. Stunning newcomer Hayley Magnus (The Dressmaker, Slide) will play Simone, Lily’s always intriguing flat-mate. Other castmembers include Doris Younane (BlackJack, McLeod’s Daughters), producer, writer and television personality Steve Vizard, Kevin Harrington (Cliffy, SeaChange), Leah Vandenberg (Stupid Stupid Man, Tangle), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, San Andreas), director, playwright and actor David Woods, and writer, producer and actor Ryan Shelton.
The Wrong Girl is a Playmaker Media production for Network Ten, with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria. It will be produced by Tom Hoffie (Love Child, Slide) and Judi McCrossin (The Secret Life of Us, The Time Of Our Lives), who will also serve as head writer, with Jessica Marais as co-producer. Playmaker’s David Maher and David Taylor will executive produce.
Network Ten head of drama Rick Maier said: “Sharp, contemporary drama has recently been key to TEN’s success. With brilliant creatives and this outstanding cast, we think The Wrong Girl might just be the fresh new addition to the drama landscape we’ve all been waiting for. “Welcoming the much-loved Jessica Marais to Network Ten is an added bonus. She’s just terrific.” Playmaker’s David Maher said: “We’re proud to be working with Network Ten, the talented Judi McCrossin and this exceptional cast on such an exciting and relevant new Australian drama series.”
The Wrong Girl will screen on TEN in 2016.