Jenna Coleman will star in upcoming serial killer drama The Serpent, currently filming in Thailand and coming soon to BBC One and Netflix.

Best known to Doctor Who fans for her time as Clara Oswald, Jenna Coleman will be joining the cast of new BBC One and Netflix co-production The Serpent from Mammoth Screen, who also produce her ITV period drama Victoria. Much like her role in The Cry last year, this will be a darker turn from Jenna than we are used to. The eight-part drama series, currently filming in Thailand, tells the story of Charles Sobrhaj (played by Tahar Rahim), one of the most elusive criminals of the 20th Century.

Charles Sobrhaj was the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of up to 20 young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976. He was a psychopath, con man, thief and master of disguise, having slipped repeatedly from the grasp of authorities worldwide. By 1976, the serial killer was Interpol’s most wanted man and had arrest warrants on three different continents.

Jenna will play Marie-Andrée Leclerc, who was Sobhraj’s partner and frequent accomplice. Billy Howle and Ellie Bamber also join the cast in the roles of Herman and Angela Knippenberg.

On joining The Serpent, Jenna commented: “[It] intoxicated me into the dark seductive world of Charles Sobhraj. I’m so looking forward to delving into hippie trail depths and bringing to life this unfathomable real life story alongside […] the wonderful cast and production team for the BBC and Netflix.”

The Serpent will air on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland.

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