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Author Deborah Harkness had the pleasure of announcing Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) starring as vampire Matthew Claremont as the lead in A Discovery of Witches, the TV adaptation of her All Souls trilogy just a few weeks ago (August 22).

And Harkness has done it again, this time around turning to Facebook to announce another big name, from another big franchise — Sherlock’s Louise Brealey. She will be taking on the role of Gillian Chamberlain, a witch. And according to Digital Spy, Chamberlain isn’t the nicest of people.

Well, she is a witch, so that’s not necessarily too surprising to hear.

What might be a little surprising is that this is a love story between a vampire (Goode) and a witch — another witch, Diana Bishop, to be played by Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge). The two are on an adventure, trying to decipher a mystical manuscript, Ashmole 782, which actually brought them together in the first place.

Brealey’s witch has her eye on Bishop, too, but for another reason: to recruit her to the Oxford witches’ coven.

In addition to Brealey, Harkness’ Facebook announcement from yesterday included a long list of cast members, including Game of Thrones actor Owen Teale, who has signed on to play Peter Knox, an occult expert.

Filming has begun in Wales and will broadcast on Sky in the U.K., and, though it’s yet to be confirmed, is likely to air in the U.S. at some point, according… to… yes, Harkness. In her video announcement (August 22) she said that the story started in the U.K., so it feels right to air the series in the U.K. first, but to follow her on social media and she will let us all know where else it will be available.

Here is the video announcement again, in case you missed it, with all the fun deets:

Are you a fan of the All Souls trilogy? Is the casting lining up with how you pictured the characters? 

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By Brigid Brown