All3media International revealed the cast members of "The English," developed for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Written and directed by multi-award-winning Hugo Blick and produced by acclaimed production company Drama Republic, a Mediawan company, in association with All3 Media International, "The English" will feature Emily Blunt as Lady Cornelia Locke and Chaske Spencer as Pawnee ex-cavalry scout Eli Whipp in high-octane western. The series’ acclaimed ensemble cast includes Stephen Rea, Valerie Pachner, Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Toby Jones, and Ciarán Hinds.
"The English" is produced by Wolf Gait Productions Ltd, a joint venture of Drama Republic Ltd and Eight Rooks Ltd. It is created by Hugo Blick—who also serves as an executive producer, director, and writer. Emily Blunt also serves as executive producer, alongside Greg Brenman (Peaky Blinders, The Honourable Woman) for Drama Republic, and Mona Qureshi for the BBC. Colin Wratten (Killing Eve) is the producer. "The English" was commissioned for the BBC by Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, and Piers Wenger, former Director of BBC Drama Commissioning. "The English" is co-produced by Amazon Studios and BBC in association with All3Media International, which handles international sales.
"The English" takes the core themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, love, and power. An aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), and Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer) came together in 1890 mid-America to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood. Both of them have a clear sense of their destiny, but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past.
They must face increasingly terrifying obstacles that will test them to their cores, physically and psychologically. But as each obstacle is overcome, it draws them closer to their ultimate destination, the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming. It is here, after an investigation by the local sheriff Robert Marshall (Stephen Rea) and young widow Martha Myers (Valerie Pachner) into a series of bizarre and macabre unsolved murders, that the full extent of their intertwined history will be truly understood, and they will come face to face with the future they must live.