Keeley Hawes leads cast of BBC One drama Crossfire

Keeley Hawes will lead the cast of 'Crossfire' credit:Bang Showbiz
Keeley Hawes will lead the cast of 'Crossfire' credit:Bang Showbiz

Keeley Hawes will lead the cast of the new BBC One drama 'Crossfire'.

The 45-year-old actress will star in the three-part series that has been created and written by Louise Doughty in her first original series for television in association with Buddy Club Productions.

The Dancing Ledge Productions programme is set in a luxury resort in the Canary Islands and follows Jo (Hawes) whose world is turned upside down gunmen storm her hotel balcony as she relaxes on a dream holiday with her family and friends.

The gunmen turn paradise into a heart-breaking hell and unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff are forced to make split-second life or death decisions, with the consequence lingering long after the final shots have been fired.

'Crossfire' will also star Josette Simon, Anneika Rose, Lee Ingleby, Daniel Ryan, Vikash Bhai, Hugo Silva, Alba Brune, Shalisha James-Davis and Ariyon Bakare.

The show will be directed by Tessa Hoffe and produced by Alex Mercer.

Keeley – whose previous credits include 'Line of Duty' and 'Finding Alice' – said: "I'm so excited to be embarking on this brilliantly compelling and propulsive drama for the BBC, especially as it's the third production for Buddy Club.

"Filming had already begun and we're delighted to be collaborating with the team at Dancing Ledge Productions and Louise Doughty on her first original production for television."

Doughty added: "This is a drama about a group of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary event – a gun attack on the hotel where they are staying.

"In extremity, each character is faced with a set of dilemmas: and at the heart of it is Jo, who booked the holiday and unknowingly put her family and friends – and herself – at risk.

"I'm fascinated by the idea of how so-called ordinary people respond to intense pressure and I couldn't be more excited to have written this drama for Dancing Ledge Productions and the BBC and to have the amazing Keeley Hawes in the star role."