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

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2014 at 12:05PM

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.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman)

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.

This article is related to: BBC, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Trailers, Video, Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Gillian Anderson


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.