Channel 4 has produced a female-led anthology series under the collective name I Am, starting with the first episode’s I Am Nicola.
The following two episodes will be known as I Am Kirsty and then I Am Hannah. Each will be a standalone tale.
BAFTA-winning Dominic Savage directs the trio of women in this improvised drama series. And if anyone remembers how painful romantic improvised drama Blue Valentine was, then we think the I Am trilogy is going to break all of our hearts.
So, who is in the cast for the first episode, I Am Nicola?
Get to know the cast and everything you need to know about the first episode here.
What is I Am Nicola about?
I Am Nicola follows the eponymous character as she falls for the at-first charming Adam (played by Perry Fitzpatrick).
The relationship is at the core of this drama, particularly as it unfurls, and their true characters are both revealed to the audience. Adam becomes increasingly hostile, as Nicola continues to want more from life, leading to some pretty nasty exchanges and heart-breaking scenes.
I Am Nicola airs on Tuesday, July 23rd at 10 pm on Channel 4, with the next two episodes airing over the coming weeks.
Meet the two leads
Heading up the improvised drama is 36-year-old actress Vicky McClure.
Vicky made her name as one of the stars of Shane Meadows’ 2006 classic This Is England and later in the spinoff series. Since this breakout role, Vicky has become one of Britain’s most beloved and recognisable actresses starring in the likes of Broadchurch and 2017’s The Replacement.
Her most recent role as Kate Fleming in Line of Duty is the role she is most well-known for. But after her shattering performance in I Am Nicola, we think this will be her most acclaimed performance to date.
Starring opposite her as Adam is Perry Fitzpatrick.
This is not the first time Vicky and Perry have starred opposite each other, as Perry also starred in This Is England ’90 as Flip.
Perry Fitzpatrick has been in a variety of TV shows and films over the years. However 2019 is definitely his breakout year as not only is Perry a lead in I Am Nicola but is starring in the upcoming Downton Abbey movie as Chris Webster.
Who else has Vicky McClure been in?
Also in this first episode of the I Am anthology is Leanne Best as Ava and Sam Spruell as Barry.
Liverpudlian Leanne made her debut in Casualty but has since gone on to star in some major motion pictures. She played the lead in The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, as well as having a role in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
Leanne also starred with Vicky McClure in Line of Duty in two different roles.
Sam Spruell has also starred in a few major movies and played one of the leads in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman opposite Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. Sam also starred in Legend, Taken 3 and Netflix’s Outlaw King.
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