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‘Westworld’s Ben Barnes to Star in the BBC One Drama ‘Gold Digger’

Westworld star Ben Barnes is heading back to BBC to take on his first role on the network in over a decade. Barnes will star in a new drama on BBC One called Gold Digger opposite Legends of the Fall star Julia Ormond.

According to Deadline, who exclusively reported the news, Barnes will play a copyrighter in this 30s named Benjamin Golding. Golding’s past is shrouded in secrecy when he becomes involved with an older woman named Julia Day (played by Ormond).

Day has spent her entire life putting the wants and needs of others ahead of her own when she meets Golding, a man who is 25 years younger than she. The series follows their unconventional relationship along with Golding’s shrouded secrets and their impact on her family. Does Golding really love her or is he really just a gold digger they all believe him to be?

In a statement, Ben Barnes said:

[row]“I’m thrilled to be joining the exciting cast and creative team in telling this unexpected, modern relationship story with the opportunity to play such a complex and enigmatic character.”[/row]

From Mainstreet Pictures, Gold Digger will be a six-part series which was written and created by Marnie Dickens (Thirteen). Vanessa Caswill (Little Women) has signed on to direct the first three episodes with Tim Bradley (Unforgotten) to produce. Mainstreet’s Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes executive produce along with BBC One’s Elizabeth Kilgarrif as well as Dickens. There is currently no word yet on production or premiere dates.

In addition to his starring role on HBO’s Westworld, Barnes is also well known for his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia and Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix.

What do you think about Ben Barnes’ new role returning to BBC? Will you be adding Gold Digger to your “must watch” list? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.