Rosamund Pike To Play Lady Penelope In New Thunderbirds Series – it was announced today that the former Bond girl will be playing the part of upper-class Thunderbirds agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the new series of the classic 60’s animation.
The new series, to be called Thunderbirds Are Go!, is being made by Weta Workshop, the team behind Avatar and the Lord of the Rings so expectations are high from fans of the original series.
Lady Penelope was always a favourite in the original 60’s shows and her posh lines were voiced by Sylvia Anderson, the wife of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson who died in December last year. as Sylvia is no longer available to take on the voicework the shows’ producers were looking for someone with the necessary ‘posh totty’ sound and unsurprisingly came up with the name of Rosamund Pike.
As well as her role as Miranda Frost in the 2002 Bond movie Die Another Day, Rosamund is well-known for other movies such as An Education, Made In Dagenham and last year’s Jack Reacher.
The only original cast member from the 32 episodes of the 1960’s animated series who is returning for the new production is David Graham who is reprising his role as Lady Penelope’s ex-con chauffeur Parker. The character is defined by the term loveable rogue and his time and experiences on the wrong side of the law are often put to good use saving lives. His catch phrase of “Yus, M’Lady’ is almost certain to feature in the new series.
As well as playing Aloysius ‘Nosey’ Parker, Graham is famous for being one of the early voices of the Daleks in Doctor Who episodes of the 1960’s. He took on the voice in the stories The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase and The Daleks’ Master Plan. Although the 60’s were by far the busiest time in David’s career he has certainly still been in demand since then and he will be known to many young children, and their parents, as the voice of Grandpa Pig in Peppa Pig.
The new 26 episode Thunderbirds series will be a mixture of CGI and live action and is due to air on ITV and CITV in 2015.
Amongst the actors joining David and Rosamund will be Thomas Brodie-Sangster from Love Actually and Game of Thrones and the creator of Fonejacker, Kayvan Novak.