Paddy Considine to front BBC anti-terrorism thriller

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Peaky Blinders star Paddy Considine is set to lead the cast of gripping new BBC One drama Informer.

The actor will star as Counter-Terrorism officer Gabe, who coerces a young, second-generation Pakistani man from East London called Raza (played by newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan) to go undercover and inform for him.

Gabe has a past he's unwilling to expose, but his new and ambitious partner Holly (Bel Powley) has an endless curiosity that becomes threatening, and when the central counter-terrorism investigation heats up, the stakes for all three of these characters get ever higher.

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[Considine in Peaky Blinders]

Written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, Informer is described as a sophisticated and character-driven thriller that tells a story about identity in a world where lines are increasingly being drawn and sides are being taken – and it questions what happens when you or someone you know ends up on the wrong side of that line.

"It's every writer's dream to watch their creations come to life, and we're beyond fortunate to do so with a phenomenal cast and crew, and such esteemed and supportive partners as Neal Street, BBC and Amazon," writers Rory and Sohrab said.

"We haven't been able to stop pinching ourselves."

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The series also stars Call the Midwife's Jessica Raine, Holby City's Sharon D Clarke, Broadchurch's Sunetra Sarker and Chasing Shadows' Roger Jean Nsengiyumva.

Filming on the six-part series began today (October 12) on location in London and it is expected to air on BBC One in 2018. Amazon Prime Video will show the series in the US following the UK broadcast.

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