'The Trouble with Maggie Cole' Season 1: Meet Phil Dunster, Dawn French and rest of the cast of PBS comedy-drama

The series, which originally aired on IT on March 4, 2020, in the UK, is set to make its US debut in October 2020


                            'The Trouble with Maggie Cole' Season 1: Meet Phil Dunster, Dawn French and rest of the cast of PBS comedy-drama
Phil Dunster and Dawn French (Getty Images)
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'The Trouble with Maggie Cole' Season 1 follows the events after Maggie Cole (Dawn French) allows her will to gossip to get the best of her. Her actions result in consequences that affect people in her community of Thurlbury. The series originally aired on IT on March 4, 2020, in the UK and is set to make its US debut in October 2020. Here is the cast of the comedy-drama which is coming to your small screen.

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Mark Heap as Peter Cole

Julia Deakin, Mark Heap and Katy Carmichael attend the 'Spaced' 21st Anniversary at BFI Southbank on January 12, 2020, in London, England (Joe Maher/Getty Images)

 

Heap was most recently seen in the TV series 'Queens of Mystery' (2019), 'Urban Myths' (2019) and 'Intelligence' (2020). Some may even recall him from the TV movie 'The Midnight Gang' back in 2018. Heap is an actor and a comedian, known for his roles in 'Brass Eye' (1997-2001), 'Big Train' (1998-2002), 'Spaced' (1999-2001), 'Jam' (2000), 'Green Wing' (2004-2006), 'Friday Night Dinner' (2011), 'Upstart Crow' (2016-2018) and 'Benidorm' (2017-2018). In 2009, the actor was nominated for a Golden Nymph at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival for Outstanding Actor - Drama Series for 'Lark Rise to Candleford' (2008) where he had played the role of Thomas Brown.

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Dawn French as Maggie Cole

Dawn French attends the Ronnie Barker comedy lecture with Ben Elton at BBC Broadcasting House on June 5, 2017, in London, England (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

 

French is an actress and a writer known for 'French and Saunders' (1987), 'The Vicar of Dibley' (1994) and 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (2004). She has over a dozen writing credits including 'Little Crackers' (2010), 'Absolutely Fabulous' and 'Roger & Val Have Just Got In' (2010-2012). The actress has won an Academy Fellowship in 2009 at the BAFTA Awards, a British Comedy Award in 1997 for Best TV Comedy Actress for 'The Vicar of Dibley', an Honorary Rose at the 2002 Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival which she shared with Jennifer Saunders and a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award in 1991 for 'French and Saunders' which she also shared with Saunders.

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Gwyneth Keyworth as Becka Cole

Gwyneth Keyworth attends the world premiere of Elfie Hopkins at the Vue West End on April 16, 2012, in London, England (Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

 

Keyworth is known for her roles as Marnie in 'Misfits' (2010-2011), Megan Ruddock in 'Hidden' (2018), Lady Augusta Gresham in 'Doctor Thorne' (2016) and Nicola in 'Black Mirror' (2017). Her recent works include 'Lifeline' (2018), 'Period Piece' (2018), 'Ambition' (2019) and 'The Crown' (2019). She has one release in post-production titled 'The Toll' where she plays the role of Jessica. The actress was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award at the 2018 BAFTA Awards, Wales for Best Actress in 'Hidden' (2018).

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Phil Dunster as Jamie Cole

Phil Dunster attends The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at The Royal Opera House on April 3, 2016, in London, England (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

 

Dunster is known for his roles as Jamie in 'Ted Lasso' (2020), Colonel John Armstrong in 'Murder on the Orient Express' (2017), and BJ McGory in 'Save Me' (2018). His other recent works include 'Judy' (2019), 'Catherine the Great' (2019), the TV mini-series, 'Dracula' (2020) and 'The Good Liar' (2019).

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Julie Hesmondhalgh as Jill Wheadon

Julie Hesmondhalgh attends the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018, in London, England (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

 

Hesmondhalgh is known for her roles as Trish Winterman in 'Broadchurch' (2017), Hayley Cropper in 'Coronation Street' (1998-2014), Heather in 'The A Word' (2020) and Judy Maddox in 'Doctor Who' (2018). Her recent works include 'Talking with Angels' (2017), 'Peterloo' (2018), 'Pond Life' (2018)' and 'Help' (2019). She will also be seen in the upcoming 2021 TV series 'The Pact'. The actress has won three British Soap Awards for Best On-Screen Partnership for 'Coronation Street' in 1999, 2004, and 2014 - she shared all three with David Neilson. She also won the Best Actress for the same production in 2014. In the same year, she also won a National Television Award for Most Popular Serial Drama Performance for the same production.

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The rest of the cast includes Emily Reid as Roxanna Dubiki, Vicki Pepperdine as Karen Saxton, Rocco Padden as Josh Roberts, Hollie Edwin as Sydney Hurst, Arthur McBain as Alex Myer, Joe Layton as Neil Roberts, Lee Boardman as Brian Daniels, Laurie Kynaston as Liam Myer, Patrick Robinson as Marcus Ormansby, Kerry Howard as Kelly Roberts and many more.

The official synopsis reads: "When a radio journalist interviews Maggie Cole about local life and the history of Thurlbury, she gossips and embellishes stories about some of the community’s most noble residents. When Maggie’s interview is played in full, all of the guarded secrets, indiscretions and gossip changes life in Thurlbury forever."

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Catch 'The Trouble with Maggie Cole on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 8/7c on PBS. Watch the preview below.


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