Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire to play iconic chef

Sarah Lancashire
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We can't wait to watch this!

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire has landed an exciting new role in an upcoming eight-part series for HBO Max.

The new series will focus on the life of American chef Julia Child, with Sarah taking on the lead role. Frasier's David Hyde Pierce stars opposite Sarah as Julia's husband.

Simply titled Julia, this series will also star Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott, Bebe Neuwirth, Isabella Rossellini and Jefferson Mays.

Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max said: “We are so happy to help bring the incomparable Julia Child back to the small screen, when we need her more than ever. This show’s look into her life, marriage and trailblazing career as she transformed the way we talk about food is an absolute delight."

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As well as focusing on Julia Child's life, HBO has also revealed that the series will explore, "an evolving time in American history – the emergence of a new social institution called public television, feminism and the women's movement, the nature of celebrity and America's cultural growth".

American chef Julia Child, who will be played by Sarah Lancashire in the new series. (Credit: Getty Images)

American chef Julia Child, who will be played by Sarah Lancashire in the new series. (Credit: Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Julia Child is most recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, as well as subsequent TV cooking shows.

So while there's no news on a potential third season for Happy Valley, we'll definitely be able to see Sarah - last seen in Talking Heads - back in action in this new series.

We can't wait! However, a third season of Happy Valley hasn't been written off, as creator Sally Wainright spoke about the programme's future on an episode of BBC Breakfast. She said: "I'm so busy with other projects at the moment - I haven't got time to sit down and come up with the stories.

"What I'd hate to do is do a third series and people say it wasn't as good. So I want time to go away and really come up with stories that I think are going to make a third series."

Julia is currently in production.

Lucy Buglass
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