Dominic West As Jean Valjean In Les Misérables

Dominic West (The Affair) will star as Jean Valjean, with David Oyelowo (Selma) as Javert and Lily Collins (Rosie) as Fantine, in Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Les Misérables for BBC One.

Over six episodes, Les Misérables will tell the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict unable to escape the shadow of his past life, and his relentless pursuit by the chilling police officer Javert. Against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest, the story is testament to the struggles of the underclass and how far they had to go to survive.

Andrew Davies says: “This is such an intense and gut-wrenching story and I am delighted that this esteemed ensemble of actors will be bringing it to life – led by Dominic West and David Oyelowo in the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Javert.”

“In Valjean, we see the terrifying anger and resentment against society but also the tenderness that is hidden deep in his complex psyche. And in Javert, the ferocious dedication to duty that takes him from obsession to madness.”

The cast of Les Misérables also includes: Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) as Cosette, Josh O’Connor (The Durrells) as Marius and Erin Kellyman (Raised By Wolves) as Éponine.

Filming begins February 2018 in Belgium and Northern France.