Anna Friel to film gender identity drama

Anna FrielAnna Friel will star in gender identity drama Butterfly that will film on location in Manchester in early 2018 for ITV.

Red Production Company will produce the story of an 11-year-old boy who decides he wants to live his life as a girl. Friel will play the boy’s mother.

“Butterfly is a beautiful story about a young boy on the cusp of puberty who doesn’t feel comfortable in his own body,” said Polly Hill, head of drama for ITV.

“It’s a heart-warming and emotional script from Tony Marchant that focuses upon gender identity and one boy’s search to be recognised for who he really is.

"We’re looking forward to working with Nicola Shindler and her team at Red Production Company.”

Boutique production company Aenon will co-produce the drama and Friel is also involved as a co-producer in addition to her starring role.

Image: ITV


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