Daniel Mays

Daniel Mays Joins the Cast of Magpie Murders

We are happy to announce that Daniel Mays has joined the stellar cast for Magpie Murders the six part series for Masterpiece PBS and Britbox UK and based on the best selling book from Anthony Horowitz. Lesley Manville was previously announced. Additional casting announced includes Tim McMullan -who steps in to replace Timothy Spall who had to step away from the production due to a scheduling conflict. Conleth Hill, plays Alan Conway. Other cast members joining the series include Pippa Haywood and Michael Maloney.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the hugely talented cast of ‘Magpie Murders,’ not least to finally share the screen with the incredible Lesley Manville,” said Daniel Mays. “Anthony Horowitz’ scripts are ingenious. Murder, intrigue with plenty of laughs and tears along the way. I couldn’t put them down. With two timeframes to play in and the actors portraying not one but two roles it presented a wonderful opportunity to create a special piece of television.”

Tim McMullan said: “I’m absolutely loving doing ‘Magpie Murders.’ Anthony has written such a brilliant and beguiling script, full of wit, suspense and murder. It’s an immense privilege to be asked to bring to life the wonderful and enigmatic Atticus Pünd. He’s such a great character to play, I feel very fortunate indeed. To be working with such a talented cast is a total joy, and to be also working with Peter Cattaneo, of whom I’m a long-time fan, is the cherry on the cake.”

Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, played by Lesley Manville, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript by bestselling mystery writer Alan Conway, featuring Conway’s detective Atticus Pünd – and has little idea it will change her life.

Earlier this year, PBS’ MASTERPIECE and Britbox UK announced that they will co-produce and broadcast Magpie Murders, a new drama based on the bestselling novel written by Anthony Horowitz OBE.

The six-part series is produced by Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films. Lauded as “a magnificent piece of crime fiction” and “an ingenious novel within a novel” by the Sunday Times (London), Magpie Murders topped multiple best-seller lists including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and appeared on the year-end Best Books lists of NPR, USA Today and others. Its international awards include the prestigious Macavity Award for Best Novel. A beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers, the plot of Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript of author Alan Conway’s latest novel, but has little idea it will change her life.

The television adaptation is scripted by Horowitz, who is known to MASTERPIECE fans for the popular World War II mystery Foyle’s War. MASTERPIECE executive producer Susanne Simpson said, “Anthony Horowitz is a master mystery writer, and Magpie Murders is a beautiful and complex work. Our MASTERPIECE audience will truly enjoy this intriguing story of a mystery within a mystery.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.Anthony Horowitz said, “Magpie Murders is my most successful novel and it wasn’t easy to adapt. But I think the result is a completely original drama that will delight and beguile audiences in equal measure.” Jill Green said, “This is an extraordinary and distinctive drama. I don’t think there’s ever been a crime show like it with a strong female lead treading the line between reality and fiction as she fights to uncover the truth.” Magpie Murders is streaming in the U.K. exclusively on BritBox UK. Magpie Murders is an Eleventh Hour Films production for MASTERPIECE and BritBox UK and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television

Currently filming, Magpie Murders is expected to premiere in 2022 on Masterpiece PBS and Britbox UK.


Check back for updates on filming and transmission date information.

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The Dumb Waiter at The Old Vic

We are delighted to announce that after 5 years away from the stage, Daniel Mays has joined the cast of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter for The Old Vic’s return to in person theatre and In Camera Series! Performances are schedule for 7 – 10 July!

The Dumb Waiter

We send him up all we’ve got and he’s not satisfied. No, honest, it’s enough to make the cat laugh.’

Ben and Gus are seasoned hitmen awaiting details of their next target in the basement of a supposedly abandoned cafe. When the dumbwaiter begins sending them mysterious food orders, the killers’ waiting game starts to unravel.

Daniel Mays and David Thewlis star in Harold Pinter’s darkly funny, insidiously menacing The Dumb Waiter.

Ticket information:

Tue 11 May, 12 noon – Artistic Director’s Circle and Producer’s Circle
Thu 13 May, 10am – Benefactors
Fri 14 May, 10am -Patrons
Mon 17 May, 10am – Associate
Tue 18 May, 12 noon – Friends
Wed 19 May, 12 noon – General Onsale

Please check The Old Vic website for more information on how they are handling in person ticketing in guidance with social distancing rules due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Line of Duty

Daniel Mays took part in interviews with current and previous cast members ahead of the premiere of Line of Duty Series 6 on 21 March 2021.

Empire Magazine – on newsstands now and will be online soon. Check your usual App Store to purchase and download the digital issue in the meantime.

Empire Magazine- May 2021 Issue

The Independent Line of Duty guest stars: ‘No one is safe – Jed can kill characters left, right and centre’

You can catch with all series of Line of Duty on BBC iPlayer including Daniel Mays incredible BAFTA nominated lead role as Danny Waldron in series 3 .

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The Lovejoy Hour Podcast – 15 Question with Daniel Mays

The Lovejoy Hour Podcast has another fantastic interview with Daniel Mays. Danny answers 15 questions including how he became an actor, best moment of his career, most outstanding fashion moment – we are forever wanting to see the legendary green coat!!, how he’s holding up during the lockdowns, what it’s like to be famous, his happiest moment, and more.

Listen to Danny’s episode on The Lovejoy Hour on via the usual podcasts apps and websites.

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Temple Series 2 First Look Trailer

And just like that, we have the first look trailer for Sky’s Temple series 2!

Starring Daniel Mays, Mark Strong, and Carice Van Houten series 2 immediately picks up where things left off with Beth having woken from her coma and very much aware of her husband’s suspicious behaviour, Eve reeling to discover her mother has been alive all this time, Lee falling in with a charismatic activist and Anna luring patients down to the clinic for illegal drug trials, life is only going to get more insane…

New cast members include Rhys Ifans joining as a “dubious and deeply unpredictable medical fixer” called Gubby, Michael Smiley playing his “poetic but frequently inebriated assistant” Dermot, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Mandeep Dhillon, Jamie Michie, Will Keen, and Gbemisola Ikumelo.

Temple was recommissioned by Sky in 2019 and recently completed filming with strict Coronavirus restrictions.

Temple series 2 coming to Sky & NOWTV in 2021.

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#MomentsofJoy

Daniel Mays announced today that he is part of the #MomentsofJoy social media campaign in collaboration with Mojo Dementia Support:

From the Mojo Dementia Support website: At this time, especially during lockdown, older members of the family are often most isolated. This is made even harder if you’re supporting a loved one with dementia.

The Moments of Joy movement is all about sending an expression of love to family and friends who you can’t be with during lockdown, especially those forced to shield through age or illness.

We hope that you will join in and express your #momentsofjoy on your social media accounts.

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Big Issue Ambassador

Daniel Mays announced today that he is an ambassador for The Big Issue.

On becoming an Ambassador, Danny said: “I’m incredibly humbled to be asked to become an Ambassador for The Big Issue and help raise awareness for the incredible work the organisation does for homeless and vulnerable people in the UK. I’ve long been a huge admirer of the whole concept of supporting and championing people to run their own small business, but also the work the whole team at The Big Issue do behind the scenes, helping people with the fundamental issues that have brought them there in the first place.”

Danny also had an interview with BBC London News this evening (available for 24 hours from broadcast) where he discussed this vitally important

The wonderful Big Issue Brand Ambassadors are helping the Big Issues to get the word out about the vital work we do and the stories of Big Issue vendors.

This has never been more important as The Big Issue endures the toughest time in their 29-year history. The Covid-19 lockdown in England means 1,000 vendors are currently off the streets and unable to sell the magazine while vendors in Wales and Scotland have seen their sales go down, as previously busy high streets have all but emptied out.

The Big Issue Ambassadors are therefore calling on the public to urgently support their cause and their vendors at a time of crisis by subscribing, buying a gift subscription from your local vendor or donating to their urgent Christmas Appeal.

Thank you so much for your continued support of these important issues that are close to Danny’s heart.

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Jonathan Ross Show – 24th October

Daniel Mays is scheduled to be a guest on the Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday 24 October. Tune in 10PM-11:05PM on ITV.

The episode will be available afterward on ITV Hub and also repeated on Monday 26 October at 10PM on Virgin Media Two.

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Des Episodes – ITV

The superb Des premiered on ITV Monday 14 September to rave reviews.

Catch up with the episodes as they air on ITV or later on via ITV Hub (all episodes available via ITV hub as of Wednesday 16 September):

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

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