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White Queen star to appear alongside Sheridan Smith in three-part drama about Cilla Black

Aneurin Barnard - whose screen appearances have included The White Queen - has joined the cast of a new ITV drama about Cilla Black, playing her husband Bobby Willis.

The Welsh actor, who has also appeared in BBC4 drama We'll Take Manhattan as photographer David Bailey, has joined the three-part series Cilla, looking at the early career of the singer turned TV host.

Sheridan Smith is taking the title role in the drama, which is currently being filmed.

Also appearing will be Melanie Hill who has been cast as the singer's mother, who was affectionately known as Big Cilla, with Ed Stoppard taking the role of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who put Cilla on the road to fame and success.

The series, written by Jeff Pope who wrote the screenplay for hit film Philomena, looks at her relationship with the late Willis - a baker who eventually went on to guide her career - and Epstein.

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