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Starstruck Commissioned by HBO Max & BBC Three


The brand-new comedy series Starstruck from Rose Matafeo is set to broadcast on BBC Three in the U.K. and stream on HBO Max in the U.S.

The six-parter is written, created by and stars Matafeo, a 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. An Avalon Television production, Starstruck follows 20-something Rose (Matafeo), a millennial in London juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward “morning after” when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star. Alongside Matafeo, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Rob Aslett are on board as the series’ EPs.

Matafeo is a comedian and actress who won in the category of Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards last year for her solo show Horndog, which has enjoyed sell-out performances around the world, including the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and a Barry Award-nominated run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

“The BBC have been so supportive of this project from the get-go and to be able to get this show in front of American audiences at the same time via HBO Max is truly exciting,” said Matafeo. “I’m thrilled we get to make it, otherwise it would’ve technically just been a creepy fan fiction script that I submitted to the national broadcaster. The team we’ve brought together for this series are absolute dreamboats and I’m super excited to be working with them.”

“Very rarely does a comedy talent land as fully formed and instantly magnetic as Rose,” said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC. “Her assertive millennial female voice is the perfect fit for BBC Three given the strong track record we have in launching sitcoms that speak to a younger audience. Prepare to be utterly enchanted by her winning blend of whip-smart writing and the rich character world she has created.”

“The minute we were introduced to Rose and Starstruck, we knew we had something special,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max. “She is exactly the type of original, culture-forward creator we are excited to be working with at HBO Max and we are looking forward to a long partnership.”

“Comedy is a huge focus for BBC Three and it always performs really well for us,” commented Fiona Campbell, controller at BBC Three. “We already have some great comedy characters and writers that our audience loves and we’re really excited to add Rose’s voice to that list and introduce her to the channel.”

“Rose is an exceptional talent and we are delighted with the incredibly important immediate support from the BBC and very pleased we are partnering with HBO Max on this exciting show,” added Thoday.

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