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WATCH: Maggie Gyllenhaal Adopts the Queen's English in 'The Honourable Woman'

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by Jacob Combs
July 7, 2014 12:05 PM
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British actors have long headed west to star in American films and TV shows; now, it seems, American thespians are headed east to do the same.  Last year, Gillian Anderson starred in the BBC Two series "The Fall," and Elisabeth Moss shined in the haunting Jane Campion miniseries "Top of the Lake," also a BBC Two coproduction.

The newest American actress to brush up on her received pronunciation is Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in the new BBC Two miniseries "The Honorouable Woman."  Produced by BBC Worldwide and Sundance Channel in the U.S., Gyllenhaal plays the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who witnessed his assassination as a child.  As an adult, after taking over the company, she changes its focus from weapons to high-speed data cables between Israel and the West Bank.  But when she is appointed to the House of Lords, her work creates an political hurricane of international scope.

The first episode of "The Honourable Woman" premiered last week in the UK to solid ratings, and it will premiere here in the U.S. on July 31--after dropping the 'u' in its title.  Hugo Blick ("The Shadow Line") writes and directs, while Gyllenhaal is joined by co-stars Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve O'Reilly and Katherine Parkinson.

Check out the first trailer for the miniseries below.

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