Little Women — Casting Complete — Filming to Start

By Darwyn Carson — PBS announced today the search for the Little Women ensemble has ended.

Dame Angela Lansbury with Michael Gambon will head the cast in this three-part adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott 1868 classic novel, which follows the emotional growth of four sisters as they journey through life, coming into their own during the tumultuous American Civil War era.

The March family is held together by their stalwart mother, Marmee, portrayed by BAFTA Award winner Emily Watson.

The four beloved March sisters are: newcomer Maya Hawke as the independently adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald as the eldest girl Meg, Annes Elwy is Beth and Kathryn Newton will play the youngest sister, Amy.

“With the help of their mother Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.”


Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph) is to be Laurie Laurence, the boy next door and grandson of the kind neighbor, Mr. Laurence, played by Michael Gambon (Page Eight, Churchill’s Secret).

Dame Lansbury will play the girls wealthy, cantankerous Aunt March.

Little Women was scripted by Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Call the Midwife)

Filming begins next week in Ireland with Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen) directing.

“Little Women has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore at the BBC, and will be produced by Playground (Wolf Hall, Howards End) for BBC One and is a co-production with PBS’s Masterpiece.

The producer is Susie Liggat. Executive producers are Colin Callender and Sophie Gardiner for Playground, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.”

[NOTE: Featured above — Newcomer Maya Hawke plays Jo in the PBS adaptation of Little Women]

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TVolution Founder and Managing Editor DARWYN CARSON completed a six-year stint as Managing Editor of Leonard Maltin’s Annual Movie Guide in 2015. She has been covering film since her early association with entertainment journalist Michael Symanski at She also covered film and restaurant news in her column Carson’s Corner for a variety of social publications. Her articles have appeared on Zap2It, Indiewire, and, of course, The TVolution. Follow Darwyn @bnoirlikeme. Follow The TVolution @thetvolution. Please Like The TVolution on Facebook.

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