BBC Studios, the BBC’s main TV production company, has announced several new cast members for the new Amazon Prime Video and BBC production of Neil Gaiman & Sir Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel, Good Omens. 

Announced today are Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat, Bad Education), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul, This is Spinal Tap) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Churchill).  This follows on yesterday’s announcement of Adria Arjona (True Detective, Narcos, Emerald City, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Nina Sosanya (W1A; Marcella; Love, Actually), Ned Dennehy (Broken, Peaky Blinders, Dickensian) and Ariyon Bakare (The Dark Night, New Blood).

Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, ), Michael McKean
Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, ), Michael McKean

Whitehall will be playing Newton Pulsifer aka Newt – an unfulfilled wages clerk turned witch-hunter – and McKean will take on the role of Sergeant Shadwell, the leader of the witch-finder army who sends him on his mission. Miranda Richardson will play Madame Tracy, the psychic medium and part-time courtesan who provides a helping hand to the pair as they try to save the world from Armageddon.

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Well-known comedian Jack Whitehall was ready to begin filming right away.  “I feel extraordinarily privileged to have been asked to play this part and cannot wait to get started.” Michael McKean adds: “I’m thrilled to join this amazing cast and creative team. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather enjoy Armageddon with than Gaiman, Pratchett, Mackinnon and company”. (Douglas Mackinnon, director)

Arjona Arjona and Nina Sosanya
Arjona Arjona and Nina Sosanya


Arjona is perfectly cast as the odd Anathema Device, practical occultist and descendant of the ancient witch Agnes Nutter. Nina Sosanya is Sister Mary Loquacious of the Chattering Order of St Bery, while Ned Dennehy is Duke of Hell Hastur, and Ariyon Bakare plays fellow Duke of Hell Ligur.

Arjona was ecstatic about her new role.  “I’m thrilled to be playing such a magical, sassy and fantastically fearless character as Anathema in this epic adaptation of such a renowned novel.”

Michael Sheen & David Tennant – Good Omens

If none of these names mean anything to you, they soon will.  Because according to The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies) the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.  So watch out for the armies of Good and Evil at the start the war of Armageddon.

All of Heaven and Hell are happy except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel (Micheal Sheen), and Crowley, a fast-living demon (David Tennant) – both of whom have lived among Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle – are not actually looking forward to the coming war.

And someone seems to have misplaced the 11-year old Antichrist…

About Good Omens

Good Omens is a six-part comedy series based the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett (Colour Of Magic). Gaiman is also performing the dual roles of writer and showrunner for the series, starring Michael Sheen as the book-collecting angel, Aziraphale, and David Tennant as his opposite number, the fast-living demon Crowley.

Good Omens will broadcast on the BBC in the UK in 2018, following its premiere on Amazon Prime Video. It is co-produced by BBC Studios, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation and in association with BBC Worldwide. The global SVOD rights are licensed to Amazon Prime Video.

Executive Producers of Good Omens are Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who) and Chris Sussman (Fleabag) for BBC Studios; Rob Wilkins (Choosing to Die) and Rod Brown (Going Postal) for Narrativia. Gaiman will adapt the novel for the screen. The series is directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who).

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