‘Life In Squares’ BBC Cast List, Filming Locations, Trailer and Air Date

‘Life In Squares’ BBC Cast List, Filming Locations, Start Date and Trailer: 2015 drama starring James Norton, Phoebe Fox and Lydia Leonard.

Where was Life In Squares filmed?

Getting underway in August of 2014, filming for the BBC2 series took place on location in London and at the Charleston Farmhouse in Lewes, East Sussex. This is the very same building that was once home to the real-life Bloomsbury Group.

Life In Squares Filming Locations: Behind the scenes at Charleston House - Image Credit: BBC/Ecosse Films

Behind the scenes filming at Charleston House – Image Credit: BBC/Ecosse Films

The Charleston House and Garden is open for members of the public to visit Wednesdays to Saturdays between the end of March and the beginning of November. For more information about opening times and how to book tickets, visit charleston.org.uk.

What’s the series about?

Life In Squares follows the influential and groundbreaking Bloomsbury Group. Made up of revolutionary writers, artists, philosophers and intellectuals, these friends and lovers were to leave a remarkable and lasting influence on British 20th century culture.

Written by the BAFTA Award-winning Amanda Coe, Life In Squares is based around the close, but troubled relationship of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and gay artist Duncan Grant. Together, this trio, and their like-minded friends, attempt to navigate their way through the worlds of love, sex and art.

The story begins in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria, who had been reigning as monarch for almost 64 years. The series follows the group as they try to break away from the shackles of Victorian life, seeking instead to live more creative and sexual free existences.

Lead 'Life In Squares' cast and characters: Vanessa Bell (PHOEBE FOX), Duncan Grant (JAMES NORTON) and Virginia Woolf (LYDIA LEONARD) - Image Credit: BBC/Ecosse/Ollie Upton

Lead ‘Life In Squares’ cast and characters: Vanessa Bell (PHOEBE FOX), Duncan Grant (JAMES NORTON) and Virginia Woolf (LYDIA LEONARD) – Image Credit: BBC/Ecosse/Ollie Upton

This BBC2 series’ title comes from Dorothy Parker’s quote about the Bloomsbury Group, saying they: “lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles.”

Life In Squares Cast List – 2015 BBC Drama

Character Name – Actor/Actress

Virginia Woolf – Lydia Leonard (Casualty 1907, Casualty 1909, Whitechapel, Jericho, The Line of Beauty, The Fifth Estate, The 39 Steps, Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, True True Lie)

Vanessa Bell – Phoebe Fox (Switch, A Poet In New York, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, War Book)

Duncan Grant – James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester, Death Comes to Pemberley, Mr. Turner, Rush, Belle, Northmen – A Viking Saga)

David ‘Bunny’ Garnett – Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Young James Herriot, Personal Affairs, Skins, The Eichmann Show, Great Expectations, Divergent, Insurgent)

Clive Bell – Sam Hoare (Dancing on the Edge, Jane Eyre, An Adventure In Space And Time)

Maynard Keynes – Edmund Kingsley (The Borgias, Stonehearst Asylum, Allies)

Lytton Strachey – Ed Birch (The Bletchley Circle, Sherlock, The Eichmann Show)

Young Leonard Woolf – Al Weaver (Grantchester, Secret State, Southcliffe, The Frontier)

Julian Bell – Finn Jones (Game of Thrones, Hollyoaks, Hollyoaks Later, The Last Showing, Sleeping Beauty)

Angelica Bell – Lucy Boynton (Sense & Sensibility, Borgia, Copperhead, Ballet Shoes, Miss Potter)

Life In Squares BBC Cast and Characters: Maynard Keynes (EDMUND KINGSLEY), Lytton Strachey (ED BIRCH), Vanessa Bell (EVE BEST), Duncan Grant (JAMES NORTON), Virginia Woolf (LYDIA LEONARD), David ‘Bunny’ Garnett (BEN LLOYD HUGHES), Leonard Woolf (AL WEAVER), Supporting Artist and Clive Bell (SAM HOARE) At Charleston - Image Credit: BBC/Ecosse Films Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Maynard Keynes (EDMUND KINGSLEY), Lytton Strachey (ED BIRCH), Vanessa Bell (EVE BEST), Duncan Grant (JAMES NORTON), Virginia Woolf (LYDIA LEONARD), David ‘Bunny’ Garnett (BEN LLOYD HUGHES), Leonard Woolf (AL WEAVER), Supporting Artist and Clive Bell (SAM HOARE)
At Charleston – Image Credit: BBC/Ecosse Films. Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Virginia Woolf (older) – Catherine McCormack (Lights Out, Midnight Man, 28 Weeks Later, Stevie)

Vanessa Bell (older) – Eve Best (The Honourable Woman, Nurse Jackie, The Shadow Line, Vital Signs, The King’s Speech)

Duncan Grant (older) – Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Silk, Whitechapel, Burn Up, Cambridge Spies, Casanova, North Square, A Little Chaos, Treasure Island, The 39 Steps)

David ‘Bunny’ Garnett (older) – Jack Davenport (Smash, Breathless, Flashforward, Swingtown, Coupling, The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl/Dead Man’s Chest/At World’s End)

Clive Bell (older) – Andrew Havill (Island at War, Lightfields, The Impressionists, Trial & Retribution, Aristocrats, The King’s Speech, Cloud Atlas, The Imitation Game)

Leonard Woolf (older) – Guy Henry (Holby City, Casualty, New Worlds, Lost in Austen, Murderland, The Chase, Extras, Rome, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2, V for Vendetta)

Cuthbert – Christian Brassington (Suspects, Redemption, Burke and Hare, Easy Virtue)

Aunt Mary – Eleanor Bron (Fat Friends, Absolutely Fabulous, Vanity Fair, The Tractate Middoth, Wimbledon)

Jack – James Clay (Whitechapel)

Thoby – Rob Heaps (Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night)

Dr Hyslop – Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Endeavour, The Hollow Crown, Dickensian, The Escape Artist, Spies of Warsaw, The Hour, Little Dorrit, Garrow’s Law, Primeval, Vital Signs, Casualty 1909, Dickens, Vanity Fair, The Scapegoat, Swallow, Perfect Strangers, Closer to the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

Adrian – James Northcote (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Ties That Bind, The Imitation Game)

Julian Bell (Age 4) – Charlie Appleyard

Roger Fry – Elliot Cowan (Lost in Austen, Da Vinci’s Demons, Cilla, Sinbad, Marchlands, The Fixer, Ultimate Force, Hammer of the Gods)

Quentin Bell – Edmund Digby-Jones (Outlander, A Song for Jenny)

Quentin Bell (Age 7) – Louis Fisher

Midwife – Rosie Ede (The Cazalets)

Mrs Woolf – Jenny Howe (Holby City)

Mary Hutchinson – Marianne Oldham (The Crimson Field, WPC 56, Foyle’s War, The Musketeers)

George Bergen – Simon Thomas (Doctor Who)

Julian Bell (Age 9) – Maximillian Scull

Vita Sackville-West – Emily Bruni (Peep Show, Personal Affairs, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Believe Nothing, Serious and Organised)

Eribert – Adam Palsson (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves)

 

When does Life In Squares start?

The Life In Squares air date and time has now been officially set for Monday 27 July, 2015 at 9:00pm on BBC Two.

How many episodes of Life In Squares will there be?

The series is scheduled to air over three 60-minute episodes.

Life In Squares BBC Trailer


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