Trailer: A Discovery of Witches starring Matthew Goode
After more than two years of waiting, season two of A Discovery of Witches is finally here. The new series will premiere on Friday, January 8 at 9pm on Sky One and fans are curious to know more about the show’s cast. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who is in the cast of a Discovery of Witches?
Matthew De Clermont – Matthew Goode
Matthew Goode returns as the multi-talented Matthew De Claremont.
In A Discovery of Witches, Matthew is a poet, healer, scientist, spy, warrior and an assassin and in the new series, he will be attempting to reinhabit his life as Matthew Roydon, an identity he held in the 16th century.
Speaking about the challenges Matthew De Clermont will face ins season two, Goode said: “In season one, Diana was a bit of a victim of circumstance.
“In season two, she’s a lot smarter and as a historian, she thrives going back in time.”
“Diana also steps up in the relationship, looking after Matthew mentally because he starts to lose himself. It becomes a proper marriage based on equality.”
Goode is best known for playing Anthony Armstrong Jones in the first two seasons of The Crown on Netflix.
His film credits include The Imitation Game, Match Point and Watchmen.
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Diana Bishop – Teresa Palmer
Teresa Palmer is back as Diana Bishop in A Discovery of Witches season two.
In the new series, Diana’s new magical powers will take a dark turn.
Speaking about Diana’s journey in the new series, Palmer said: “At the start of season two, we see Diana and Matthew arriving back in time on the crazy streets of Elizabethan London.
“As a historian, this is Diana’s biggest dream – to finally experience everything she’s studied is mind-blowing.
“However, Diana soon discovers the ramifications of their actions as she
learns Matthew from season one was very different in Elizabethan times.
“He’s darker, edgier, more violent and he distances himself from Diana in certain ways so it’s quite isolating for her.
“Diana finds herself essentially alone in Elizabethan London, meeting people and finding her way in a land that she has only read about.”
Palmer is best known for creating and starring in the 2014 film The Ever After as Ava.
Other well-known credits include Hacksaw Ridge, Lights Out and Berlin Syndrome.
Kit Marlow – Tom Hughes
Victoria’s Tom Hughes joins the cast of A Discovery of Witches as Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlow, a legendary poet, playwright and Deamon.
He is also a spy for The Crown and Matthew Roydon’s best friend.
Hughes said: “I’m a massive fan, and I’ve admired Teresa’s work from afar, as well as Lindsay Duncan.
“It’s an incredible ensemble, so to come into that genre and play a part as mercurial as Kit Marlowe was a real attraction.”
Gallowglass De Clermont – Steven Cree
Also joining the cast of a Discovery of Witches is Outlander star Steven Cree as Gallowglass De Clermont.
Gallowglass is a vampire and former solider who puts family first.
Speaking about the new role, Cree said: “I’ve never been in the position of joining a show that is already hugely popular, and incredibly well-received.
“I was also excited to work with Matthew and Teresa, who I think are brilliant.
“I read the first two books, which gave me a better idea of Gallowglass and what an amazing character he is, and so I was excited to get on board.”
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Goody Alsop – Sheila Hancock
Sheila Hanock star as Goody Alsop in A Discovery of Witches season two.
Goody is an elder and the powerful leader of her coven.
Hancock is an English actress and author, best known for her stage career.
For her Broadway debut in Mr Sloane, she earned a Tony nomination and won a Laurence Olivier Award for her role as Fraulein Schneider in the musical Cabaret.
She has received five Laurence Olivier Awards for her performances in Annie, Sweeney Todd, The Winter’s Tale, Prin and Sister Act.
Phoebe Taylor – Adelle Leonce
Adelle Leonce joins the cast of A Discovery of Witches as an art historian, Phoebe Taylor.
Leone is best known or playing Mary Mae in season 11 of Shameless, starring alongside Anne Marie-Duff, Rebecca Atkinson and Jack Deam.
She most recently starred in season 22 of Silent Witness as DS Lucy Vali.
Black Mirror fans may also recognise Leonce from the season four, episode three, Crocodile.
Philippe De Clermont – James Purefoy
James Purefoy stars as Philippe De Clermont in A Discovery of Witches.
Clermont is the founder of the congregation, commander of the Knights of Lazarus and the stepfather of Matthew.
Purefoy is best known for playing Marc Anthony in the HBO series Rome and Laurens Bancroft in Altered Carbon.
Returning cast members to A Discovery of Witches include:
- Edward Bluemel as Marcus Whitmore
- Louise Brealey as Gillian Chamberlain
- Malin Buska as Satu Järvinen
- Aiysha Hart as Miriam Shephard
- Owen Teale as Peter Knox
- Alex Kingston as Sarah Bishop
- Valarie Pettiford as Emily Mather
- Trevor Eve as Gerbert d’Aurillac
- Lindsay Duncan as Ysabeau de Clermont
A Discovery of Witches will premiere on Friday, January 8 on Sky One and NOW TV
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