Howards End Starz Hayley Atwell Matthew Macfadyen

Howards End First Look: Hayley Atwell Goes Full-On Costume Drama for Starz

She traveled back to the 1940s for Agent Carter; now Hayley Atwell is going back even further in time.

Starz has released the first photo from its miniseries adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel Howards End, set in circa-1900 England and starring Atwell as headstrong young woman Margaret Schlegel. (Emma Thompson won an Oscar for playing Margaret in the 1992 film version of Howards End.) And just like Agent Carter‘s Peggy, Margaret seems to have a fondness for hats.

Atwell is joined in the photo by Ripper Street alum Matthew Macfadyen, co-starring as conservative businessman Henry Wilcox, who courts Margaret after his wife Ruth (Julia Ormond) dies suddenly. They’re dining at the landmark Simpson’s-in-the-Strand restaurant in London, which is a great shooting location for period dramas: It opened back in 1828.

The Howards End cast also includes Tracey Ullman (as Aunt Juley), Philippa Coulthard (as Margaret’s sister Helen) and Joseph Quinn (as bank clerk Leonard Bast). Oscar-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) is penning the miniseries, with Doctor Who veteran Hettie Macdonald on board to direct. The four-hour miniseries is slated to air in 2018.

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  1. Alex Breakaway says:

    I missed Agent Carter so much!!! Too bad for Conviction even tough didn’t see it!!!

  2. Annie says:

    *squints* bearded Mr. Darcy

  3. SKY says:

    She would have been great as the new Doctor Who

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Good first look photo of Hayley’s new show. Can’t wait to see it! I’ve miss her on TV.

  5. Sarah D says:

    Good for her. Looking forward to this. She is like a cat with 9 lives. You can’t keep her down. She just keeps on going.

  6. Lucy says:

    Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen — the duo I never knew I wanted until now!

    • Anne Ng says:

      Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen have appeared in two other productions together. “Any Human Heart” won a BAFTA for best drama series and features MacFadyen and Atwell as a married couple. “Pillars of the Earth” earned Atwell a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a miniseries. The two actors have great chemistry together. I am looking forward to Howards End. They just wrapped filming last week.