After starring in the recent political thriller White House Down, Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear in the lead role in The Honorable Woman:a new BBC2 thriller that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 35 year-old Gyllenhaal, who is married to fellow actor Peter Saarsgard, is best known for her roles in films such as Donnie Darko, Secretary, and The Dark Knight, as well as her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2009's Crazy Heart.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Lead Role In BBC2's The Honourable Woman.

The Honourable Woman, created by The Shadow Line's Hugo Blick, will follow Gyllenhaal who plays Nessa Stein: the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who is recognised for her peace promotion between Israel and Palestine by being made a life peer by the UK government. Sarah Barnett, the president of Sundance Channel demonstrated the growing excitement for the new TV series: "The Honourable Woman is scintillating drama: it is both a tightly plotted international political thriller and a superbly wrought character piece about hope, compromise, guilt and families." 

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Maggie Gyllenhaal With Husband Peter Saarsgard.

According to The Guardian, "BBC2 is reaping the rewards of a decision three years ago to invest an extra £10m a year in drama, doubling the channel's budget in the genre", which has given us programs such as The Hour, Shadow Line, The Line of Duty. The BBC's drama controller, Ben Stephenson, described upcoming The Honourable Woman as "really grown up" and "complicated," and anticipated mixed reactions to the coming host of new BBC dramas, including gangster drama Peaky Blinders, and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall: "Some people are going to love these pieces, some people are going to hate them." The Honorable Woman is set to start filming in London next month but will take the cast all over the UK, the USA and the Middle East.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal With Daughter Ramona, 6, And Gloria Ray, 1.