Big Finish Announce The New Mrs Peel in THE AVENGERS

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Big Finish has announced that Olivia Poulet will be taking the role of Emma Peel in the upcoming release The Avengers: Steed and Mrs Peel.

Originally portrayed by Dame Diana Rigg, the character is among the most iconic in the British TV series.

Producer David Richardson said: “We spent many months trying to find our Mrs Peel, There were so many contenders for the part, and we gave it a lot of time because it is such a huge part of our TV heritage. Then, one day, Olivia Poulet was at the studio recording a Doctor Who audio. I happened to catch her chatting in the green room… and there was enough of Mrs Peel to make my ears prick up. Before long we had handed her some script pages and she was doing her audition - one that she passed with flying colours!”

Olivia, best known for The Thick of It, added: “I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to play Emma Peel - one of the most iconic and charismatic female characters of British sci-fi and fantasy, I can’t wait to get started!”

Julian Wadham will return to play John Steed, following his acclaimed turn in The Avengers: The Lost Episodes. Two box sets containing a total of eight episodes will be released in April and November 2016.

For more information, head over to the Big Finish website.


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