David Avery: Troy: Fall of a City (BBC/Netflix)

Date - 5 November, 2017, All News Television

David Avery will star as series regular Xanthius in David Farr’s (The Night Manager) visceral eight-part retelling of the fall of Troy.

An epic tale of mortals and gods, David Farr’s psychologically rich and sweeping narrative goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth.

Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, Troy: Fall Of A City is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.

Produced by Wild Mercury in association with Kudos, Troy: Fall Of A City was commissioned by BBC One and is a co-production between the BBC and Netflix. Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “We now have the perfect cast to bring David Farr’s extraordinary scripts to life. Troy: Fall Of A City will be like nothing broadcast before; a 3,000 year old tale crafted on a huge scale, ready to enthral and capture the imaginations of BBC One viewers as if it were being told for the very first time.”

Filming has commenced in South Africa and the series will be screened first on BBC One, either later this year or early 2018.


British actor David Avery is best known for his series regular roles in The Night Manager for AMC, 24 for Fox, Borderline series 1 & 2 for C5 and the feature's Lost in London, Starred Up and The Inbetweeners Movie.

He will soon be seen playing Xanthius in upcoming BBC/Netflix drama Troy: Fall of a City, Liar for AMC and Cormoran Strike for HBO.

David is co represented with Authentic Talent in LA.

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