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Dark Knight actor to play life peer drawn into the world of espionage in political thriller The Honourable Woman

The Dark Knight star Maggie Gyllenhaal is to take the lead role in a BBC2 thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gyllenhaal, whose film credits also include Crazy Heart and Secretary, will play a British life peer in The Honourable Woman who is drawn into the world of international relations and espionage following the murder of a Palestinian businessman.

She joins a growing roster of American acting talent signing up for the channel's dramas. BBC2 viewers have just seen X Files star Gillian Anderson in serial killer drama The Fall and Elisabeth MossMad Men's Peggy Olson – plays a police detective in Jane Campion's New Zealand-set thriller Top of the Lake, which will air on the channel in the summer.

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- Jason Deans

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