Anna Friel will star in ITV's new miniseries Butterfly

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Anna Friel been cast in ITV's new miniseries Butterfly, which follows the story of a transgender child called Max.

Butterfly tells the story of 11-year-old Max, who makes the decision to transition from male to female, in what ITV has described as "a powerful family drama".

Friel, who will also co-produce the series, will play Max's mum Vicky. Stephen, Max's dad, doesn't live with Vicky anymore – and all Max wants more than anything is a happy home life...

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Butterfly has been written by Tony Marchant (Public Enemies, Great Expectations) and will be produced by RED Production Company. Filming is due to begin in early 2018.

"Butterfly is a beautiful story about a young boy on the cusp of puberty who doesn't feel comfortable in his own body," said ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill.

"It's a heartwarming and emotional script from Tony Marchant that focuses upon gender identity and one boy's search to be recognised for who he really is. We're looking forward to working with Nicola Shindler and her team at RED Production Company."

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Meanwhile, the second series of Friel's detective drama Marcella recently began filming, and has added Keith Allen and Nigel Planer to its cast.

It will see the star return as Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland, alongside Ray Panthaki, Nicholas Pinnock, Jamie Bamber and Jack Doolan, as she investigates the death of a young boy. However, no air date has been set as of yet.

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