Newcomer Nicholas Ralph to play beloved vet James Herriot
Key roles have been announced today for the upcoming adaptation of best-selling author James Herriot’s cherished collection of stories, written by Ben Vanstone (The Last Kingdom) and directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).
Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring compassion, humour and love of life. Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge, On Chesil Beach) joins as Siegfried Farnon, the wonderfully eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House who reluctantly hires the recently qualified Herriot into his rural practice. Mrs Hall, the resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House will be played by Anna Madeley (The Child in Time, Patrick Melrose). Siegfried’s errant and charismatic younger brother, Tristan, will be played by Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells). Rachel Shenton (Switched at Birth, White Gold) takes the role of Helen Alderson, an independent local farmer’s daughter who helps her father manage the family farm and care for her younger sister.
The series will shoot on location in Yorkshire with investment from Screen Yorkshire.