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TVLine Items: Prime Suspect Prequel Cast, Two Quantico Additions and More

18 July 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s time to meet Jane Tennison (again).

Stefanie Martini, (Doctor Throne, Emerald City) will in effect playa young Helen Mirren in ITV’s Prime Suspect prequel, tentatively titled Tennison and written by creator Lynda La Plante. The six-part series will follow the title character, played by Mirren from 1991 to 2006, at the beginning of her police career in London circa the 1970s.

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Sam Reid (The Astronaut Wives Club), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Alun Armstrong (Penny Dreadful), Ruth Sheen (Unforgotten), Lex Shrapnel (Hunted) and Jay Taylor (The Bill) are set to costar. »

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Stefanie Martini to Play the Young Jane Tennison in ‘Prime Suspect’ Prequel

18 July 2016 5:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stefanie Martini has been cast as the young Jane Tennison in the prequel to “Prime Suspect,” the 1990s detective drama created by Lynda La Plante and starring Helen Mirren. The prequel, which has the working title “Tennison,” will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Martini, whose credits include “Doctor Thorne,” “Endeavour” and “Emerald City,” plays Tennison at the start of her London police career in the 1970s. Sam Reid (“Belle,” “The Riot Club”) and Blake Harrison (“Dad’s Army,” “The Inbetweeners”) have been cast as Tennison’s superiors Len Bradfield and Spencer Gibbs.

Alun Armstrong (“New Tricks,” “Little Dorrit”), Ruth Sheen (“Unforgotten,” “Inside No.9”), Lex Shrapnel (“Medici: Masters of Florence”) and Jay Taylor (“Promise”) are cast as crime family members Clifford, Renee, John and David Bentley.

Jessica Gunning (“Jericho,” “Fortitude”) is also cast as fellow police officer Kath Morgan alongside Andrew Brooke (“Babylon,” “Da Vinci’s Demons”) as Tennison’s senior officer, Sergeant »

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