King Charles III cast and first look at the new BBC Two show

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King Charles III airs tonight on BBC Two and from the cast to a first look, here's all you need to know.

King Charles III is BBC Two's adaption of Mike Bartlett's award-winning and internationally acclaimed play and airs 9PM, Wednesday, May 10.


Prince Charles has waited a lifetime to ascend to the throne. But after the Queen’s death he finds himself wrestling his conscience over a bill to sign into law. His hesitation detonates a constitutional and political crisis and divides his family, with William and Kate realising his actions may threaten their future.

Meanwhile an unhappy Prince Harry starts a relationship with a commoner, just when the press is looking to attack…

With the Monarchy's future under threat, protests on the streets and his family in disarray, Charles must grapple with his identity and purpose, to decide whether the Crown still has any real power.

King Charles III cast

The inventive future history drama, produced by Drama Republic, reunites many of the creative team behind the original Almeida Theatre play, including director and fellow Olivier Award-winner and Tony Award nominee, Rupert Goold.

Tim Pigott-Smith returns to the title role of Charles, with Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Prince Harry and Margot Leicester as Camilla. Adam James will also reprise his role as Prime Minister Tristram Evans.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Riley (Close To The Enemy, Peaky Blinders) has been cast in the role of Kate Middleton.

Charlotte said: "I’m really excited to come on board King Charles III - Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold are two brilliant creatives. It’s such a unique project, to be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story, is an exciting prospect for an actor.

"Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to.”


Joining the cast alongside Charlotte are Priyanga Burford and Tamara Lawrance.

King Charles III airs 9PM, Wednesday, May 10 on BBC Two.

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