Renegade Nell: release date, cast, plot, first looks and all about the swashbuckling adventure series

Renegade Nell on Disney Plus has a great cast led by Derry Girls star Louisa Harland.
Renegade Nell on Disney Plus has a great cast led by Derry Girls star Louisa Harland. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Renegade Nell is an all-action adventure series on Disney Plus that sees Derry Girls star Louisa Harland heading up an all-star cast that includes Joely Richardson, Adrian Lester and Ted Lasso star Nick Mohammed. 

Louisa is playing Nell, a young woman who finds herself framed for murder. The action then follows Nell as she goes on the run and, helped by a motley crew, she becomes the most infamous highwaywoman in 18th century England. 

BAFTA-award-winning writer and executive producer Sally Wainwright (Gentleman JackHappy Valley) is behind the series, which was previously called The Ballad Of Renegade Nell, and it's her first British original series for Disney Plus.

Here's everything you need to know about Renegade Nell on Disney+...

Renegade Nell poster for Disney Plus has a great cast led by Derry Girls star Louisa Harland.

Renegade Nell (poster above) starts over the Easters period 2024. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Renegade Nell release date

Renegade Nell is an eight-episode series that launches on Disney Plus on Friday March 29 2024 so an Easter treat for Good Friday. Each episode is 45 minutes.

Renegade Nell plot — what happens in the series?

In Renegade Nell, we'll follows Nell who's a quick-witted and brave young woman. However she soon finds herself in the frame for a murder she didn’t commit. With nothing to her name, she takes to the road with her younger sisters Roxy and George (played by newcomers Bo Bragason and Florence Keen) and a plucky little spirit called Billy Blind (Nick Mohammed), where she has no choice but to become a legendary highwaywoman. Together the gang must pit their wits against Nell’s formidable adversary, the scheming Robert Hennessey, Earl of Poynton, played by Trigger Point star Adrian Lester. Soon Nell realises that fate hasn’t led her astray by chance and she is destined to play a part in the power struggles playing out across the European battlefields.  

Renegade Nell on Disney Plus has a great cast led by Derry Girls star Louisa Harland.

It's highway robbery! Louisa Harland in Renegade Nell!  (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Adrian Lester as Earl of Poynton in Renegade Nell.

Adrian Lester as Robert Hennessey, Earl of Poynton, in Renegade Nell. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Renegade Nell cast — Louisa Harland as Nell Jackson

Renegade Nell cast is led by Louisa Harland who plays young fugitive heroine Nell Jackson. Louisa is well known for starring as Orla McCool in the hit Channel 4 series Derry Girls. She’s also had roles in Love/Hate, The Deceived, Boys from County Hell and Doctors

Renegade Nell (Louisa Harland) and pals...

Renegade Nell (Louisa Harland) with her sisters Roxy and George (Bo Bragason and Florence Keen). (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Louisa Harland as Orla McCool.

Louisa Harland as Orla McCool in Derry Girls. (Image credit: Channel4)

Who else is starring in Renegade Nell?

Renegade Nell has an all-star cast including Nip/Tuck star Joely Richardson plays eccentric newspaper magnate Lady Moggerhanger while Adrian Lester (Trigger Point) is the devious and manipulative Earl of Poynton. 

Newcomers Bo Bragason and Florence Keen play Nell’s sisters Roxy and George while Ted Lasso and Intellegence star Nick Mohammed is the prickly spirit Billy Blind. The Sinner’s Alice Kremelberg is ambitious widow Sofia Wilmot while Line of Duty star Craig Parkinson is Nell’s father, Sam Trotter. Jake Dunn (Get Even) is Thomas Blancheford, Enyi Okoronkwo (The Lazarus Project) as Rasselas also while Frank Dillane (The Essex Serpent) and Pip Torrens (The Crown). 

Joely Richardson as Lady Eularia Moggerhanger in Renegade Nell.

Joely Richardson as Lady Eularia Moggerhanger in Renegade Nell. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Nick Mohammed as the spirit Billy Blind.

Nick Mohammed as the spirit Billy Blind. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Alice Kremelberg as Sofia in Renegade Nell.

Alice Kremelberg as Sofia Wilmot in Renegade Nell. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Jake Dunn as Thomas in Renegade Nell.

Jake Dunn as Thomas Blancheford in Renegade Nell. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Frank Dillane as Charles Devereux in Renegade Nell.

Frank Dillane as Charles Devereux in Renegade Nell. (Image credit: Renegade Nell)

Enyi Okoronkwo as Rasselas a pal of Nell Jackson (Louis Harland).

Enyi Okoronkwo as Rasselas a pal of Nell Jackson (Louis Harland). (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Is there a trailer for The Ballad Of Renegade Nell? 

Not yet but we can’t wait to see Renegade Nell characters on their swashbuckling adventure. When a trailer arrivs from Disney Plus we’ll post it on here. 

More about Renegade Nell 

Renegade Nell is a swashbuckling new action and fantasy adventure series which is executive produced Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax, Gentleman JackHappy Valley), with eight episodes of 45 minutes each. The series is produced by Lookout Point as a Disney+ UK original series. Also directing are Amanda Brotchie (Gentleman Jack) and MJ Delaney (Ted Lasso).
Executive Producers for Lookout Point, who are owned by BBC Studios, are Faith Penhale, Will Johnston and Louise Mutter. Executive Producer for Disney+ is VP, Scripted Content, EMEA Johanna Devereaux. Jon Jennings is Series Producer and Stella Merz is Producer. 

Filming for The Ballad Of Renegade Nell is underway.

Filming for The Ballad Of Renegade Nell too place in 2022 and 2023. (Image credit: Disney Plus)
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