Dawn French cast as James Corden's mother in his new series The Wrong Mans
Monday 28 January 2013
Dawn French is to play funnyman James Corden's mother in his new comedy-thriller TV series.
The Vicar Of Dibley actress has been added to the cast of new BBC2 show The Wrong Mans, which Corden has co-written with friend Mathew Baynton.
Also appearing in the six-part series are Silent Witness star Emilia Fox and Dan Renton Skinner, who is best known to TV audiences as comic character Angelos Epithemiou.
In the tale of mistaken identity - currently being filmed - office workers Sam (Baynton) and Phil (Corden) are caught up in a criminal conspiracy after stumbling across a ringing phone at the scene of a horrific car crash.
The half-hour episodes feature a mysterious duo - Fox and Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels star Nick Moran - at the heart of the chaos.
Rebecca Front, from The Thick Of It, will play the head of MI5, which is investigating the plot.
French - whose most recent success has been in Roger & Val Have Just Got In - will play Phil's resourceful mother, Linda.
Also appearing are Sarah Solemani from BBC3's Him And Her and Benedict Wong from Sunshine and Prometheus.
Baynton is a familiar face from children's show Horrible Histories. He and Corden dreamt up The Wrong Mans when they worked together in hit comedy drama Gavin & Stacey.
Executive producer Mark Freeland said: "We are trying to do a comedy with explosions, a lot of running about, murder, extortion, friendship and love."
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