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ITV Unveils Cast for You & Me


You & Me, a London-set drama coming to ITV and ITVX, has commenced filming with Harry Lawtey, Jessica Barden and Sophia Brown among its cast.

In the series, Lawtey (Industry, The Pale Blue Eye) plays Ben, for whom catastrophe strikes on the happiest day of his life, and Barden (The End of the F***ing World, Pieces of Her, Far from the Madding Crowd) plays Emma, a rising theater star who hides tragedy behind her success. Brown (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Giri/HajiBorderland), meanwhile, stars as Jess, whose life takes an unexpected turn when she’s running for a bus.

Written by Jamie Davis, the three-part drama will premiere on ITV’s brand-new free streaming service ITVX in 2023 before transferring to linear transmission months later.

You & Me is produced by Happy Prince, part of ITV Studios, and executive produced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins (A Very English Scandal, Holding, Eastenders) and Alexander Lamb (We Hunt Together, The Bay, Ackley Bridge), with Russell T Davies (It’s A Sin, Doctor Who, Years and Years, Queer As Folk, A Very English Scandal) also serving as executive producer. The series is produced in association with, and distributed by, ITV Studios. BAFTA-winning director Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, Press, Screw) directs.

Also featured in the cast are Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch, The A Word) as Ben’s mum Linda, Andi Osho (Stay Close, The Sandman, Breeders) as Jess’s mum Pam, award-winning stage star Janie Dee (Crashing, Me and Orson Welles) as Emma’s mum Hannah, with Lily Newmark (Sex Education, Temple) playing Joey, Emma’s sister.

Lawtey said: “It’s a real privilege to be trusted with Ben’s story. You & Me is a brilliant, contemporary look at what it means to love. It’s about hope, heartache and that tendency for life to move a little faster than you’re able to keep up. Working alongside Sophia, Jess and this great crew is a joy—I can’t wait to share what we’ve made.”

Barden said: “I feel so lucky to be working with so many talented and iconic people. The type of story we are telling is what the British film and TV industry does best, and I can’t wait for people to see the show!”

Brown said: “I’m thrilled to be working alongside the brilliant Jess and Harry to help bring Jamie’s beautiful scripts to life. I fell in love with the characters so quickly—at every turn they made me laugh, then made me cry. What makes the project so special is how swiftly we capture the intricacy of life—how delicate love, loss, friendship and parenthood are in the modern world.”

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