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CW Pilot (And Sex & The City Prequel) "The Carrie Diaries" Adds Freema Agyeman To Cast

by Emmanuel Akitobi
March 5, 2012 9:00 AM
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The CW scored major viewer points this weekend when they announced that Doctor Who and Torchwood alum Freema Agyeman will be joining the cast of its planned pilot The Carrie Diaries, a prequel, of sorts, to the Sex & The City series.

Deadline reports that The Carrie Diaries is based on Candace Bushnell’s novel, and chronicles Carrie Bradshaw’s coming of age in the 1980s when she asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.  Agyeman will play the role of Larissa, Carrie’s mentor, a hip, cutting-edge editor/party girl who works at Interview magazine.

Many sci-fi fans will know Agyeman from her time spent on DW and TW as Martha Jones, and later in the series as Dr. Martha Jones-Smith.  Agyeman is widely considered to have been the first official companion of African descent in the history of the Doctor Who series; a fact famously disputed by Agyeman's co-star and onscreen husband Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith, a character who rode in the Doctor's TARDIS before Martha.

More recently, Agyeman has been seen as attorney Alesha Phillips, on ITV's Law & Order: UK.

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  • Cecily | March 5, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    Slight correction: it's Mickey Smith, not Mikey Smith.

  • artbizzy | March 5, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    Black sidekick alert!

  • Jmac | March 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    Naww, sounds like a meatier role than that. If this is the chick the young Carrie Bradshaw looks up to and imitates, Freema's gonna have substantial onscreen presence and impact on the storyline. True she's not the star but not gonna be a BBF either.

  • Sergio | March 5, 2012 12:43 PMReply

    The only reason I would watch Dr. Who was because of her. Now you're telling me that I'm forced to watch The Carrie Diaries too?

  • jmac | March 5, 2012 1:43 PM

    And Noel should get over himself. He was never a "companion" of the Doctor, just a tag along who wasn't even wanted and had to prove his worth over time.

  • jmac | March 5, 2012 1:29 PM

    Tell me about it... Damn.

  • Jai | March 5, 2012 12:10 PMReply

    I loved her in Law & Order UK too and as a fellow brit I hope she keeps her british accent in this role. :)

  • Geneva Girl | March 5, 2012 9:42 AMReply

    I love her in L&O UK, but dang can't they find any American actresses?

  • Boomslang | March 5, 2012 10:54 AM

    she's probably going to keep her british accent.

  • Regulator | March 5, 2012 10:14 AM

    What difference does it make? It's all about finding the best actor for the specific role. What part of that don't you understand?

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