Magazine article Screen International

Anna Friel, Fresh off Emmy Win for 'Marcella', in Talks to Play Spy in WWII Biopic (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Anna Friel, Fresh off Emmy Win for 'Marcella', in Talks to Play Spy in WWII Biopic (Exclusive)

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Stephen Fry, Udo Kier and Lesley Garrett attached to feature based on true story.

Anna Friel, Marcella

Anna Friel, star of Netflix series Marcella and Starz! drama The Girlfriend Experience, is attached to play the lead role in WWII biopic Margery Booth: The Spy In The Eagles Nest.

Fresh from her International Emmy best actress win for Marcella, Friel is in talks to play the little-known but remarkable English opera singer Booth, a spy who performed for Hitler and British POWs.

The UK actress, who is currently filming a second series of crime-drama Marcella, has recently played in movies including John Moore’s I.T. and Bobby Miller’s The Master Cleanse. The actress will also be a co-producer on the project.

Wilde star Stephen Fry is attached to play leading Nazi Hermann Göring while British soprano Lesley Garrett, CBE, is on board to provide vocals for Booth. German actor Udo Kier (Downsizing) is attached to play Hitler while supporting cast includes Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games) and Michael Jayston (Nicholas And Alexandra).

Margery Booth

Wigan-born Booth (1905-1952) emigrated to Germany before the outbreak of WWII, during which she helped British intelligence service MI6.

Booth sang at a British prisoner of war camp and met Adolf Hitler, who reputedly sent the singer a dozen roses wrapped in a Swastika flag following a performance during which the singer was concealing secret messages for the Allies under her dress. …

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