I spy a new role

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal
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Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is to star as a high-flying businesswoman in a new BBC spy thriller.

The actress, who starred in Batman film The Dark Knight, will play the lead role in The Honourable Woman. Her character, Nessa Stein, is the daughter of an arms dealer who enters the House of Lords after years of charity work in the Middle East, only to become caught up in an international conspiracy.

She said: “I couldn’t put the scripts down. I can’t wait to begin filming.”