Ruth Negga Will Be An MI6 Agent In Channel 4 (UK) Political Thriller 'Secret State'

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 5, 2012 11:18 AM
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One of several new dramas we'll be paying attention to that are debuting this season on the UK's Channel 4 include a new political thriller series that was previously titled Coup, but is now called Secret State, and co-stars award-winning Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga.

A roster of Britain's best-known acting talent (including Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Charles Dance, Rupert Graves, and Sylvestra Le Touzel) joins Gabriel Byrne in Channel 4's new series.

Gabriel Byrne plays the pivotal role of politician Tom Dawkins, the reluctant hero at the heart of this contemporary conspiracy thriller, who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics when he least expects to be, and who risks everything by taking on the might of the establishment.

Negga plays she a meddlesome MI6 agent named Agnes, a character said to be loosely based on real life spy-turned-whistleblower Katharine Gunn.

Secret State starts airing on Channel 4 this Wednesday, November 7.

I couldn't find any footage online; although our UK readers have probably seen some TV spots, trailers and such.

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  • ALM | November 5, 2012 9:06 PMReply

    Well, I guess her (comments about her) struggles about not being booked for work are starting to turn around. Congrats to her!

  • bondgirl | November 6, 2012 12:50 AM

    She was talking about her struggles in America, not the UK. And nobody in casting is buying that immigrant sob story...she has to focus and strategize like every other actor and things will happen for her eventually. I wouldn't be surprised if she had plenty of supporting work well before that interview came out.

  • Stella | November 5, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    You can see the trailer here:

  • Stella | November 5, 2012 11:41 AM

    Oops. Cancel that trailer comment. Looks like it has been removed on YouTube.

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