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The Essex Serpent cast: who stars in Apple TV drama with Tom Hiddleston, Claire Danes and Michael Jibson?

Religion, science and superstition are in conflict in the latest trailer for The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent, a Victorian period drama series follows a woman recently freed from an abusive relationship who comes to Essex with plans to uncover the mystery of a mythical beast that has the locals in hysterics.

Cora Seaborne is a woman of science and comes into conflict with the superstitious community who put great stock in the existence of the serpent.

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In Essex she befriends the village priest and though they may disagree on some of the finer points of his religion, whether God exists etc., they begin to fall in love.

But when tragedies begin to mount after Seaborne’s arrival, she finds herslef being held responsible for the serpent’s evil doings and must work to find the true culprit.

The series is adapted from Sarah Perry’s second novel, published in 2016.

Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent (Credit: Apple TV+)

Who is in The Essex Serpent cast?

Tom Hiddleston as Will Ransome

Will is a vicar who lives in the village of Aldwinter, whom Cora forms a bond with during her investigations.

Tom Hiddleston is a screen legend, most known for his iconic role as Loki in six Marvel films and the eponymous Disney Plus TV series and animated series What If...?

Hiddleston’s other credits include War Horse, Midnight in Paris, Crimson Peak, and High Rise.

Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent

Claire Danes as Cora Seaborne

Cora is an intellectual, and widow, recently out of an abusive relationship, who comes to Aldwinter ready to investigate an interesting new case.

Danes is a multi-award winning actress best known for her role of Carrie Mathison in Homeland, and as Juliet in the Baz Luhrmann Shakespeare adaptation Romeo + Juliet.

Clémence Poésy as Stella Ransome

Stella is Will’s doting wife who also becomes friends with Cora, though she becomes sick during the series.

Poésy played Fleur Delacour in three instalments of the Harry Potter franchise, and has also starred in In Bruges and Tenet.

Poésy plays a fictionalised version of herself in the Amazon  comedy series Ten Percent.

Frank Dillane as Luke Garrett

Luke is a village doctor who finds himself falling in love with Cora over the course of the series.

Dillane is known for playing Shugs in sci-fi mystery series Sense8, and Christophe in the drama series The Girlfriend Experience.

Claire Danes in The Essex Serpent

Hayley Squires as Martha

Martha is Cora’s companion who also becomes involved in a love affair with Dr. Garrett.

Squires has previously starred in the crime series Collateral as Laurie Stone, and in the comedy romance Adult Material, where she played Hayley Burrows.

Dixie Egerickx as Jo Ransome

Jo is the Ransomes’ eldest daughter, who is hypnotized by Dr. Garrett as part of the investigation into the mystery of the serpent.

Egerickx starred as Mary in The Secret Garden remake in 2020 and as Edie in the wartime romance film Summerland.

Other cast members

Other members of the cast include: Michael Jibson as Matthew Evansford, Lily-Rose Aslandogdu as Naomi Banks, Jamael Westman as Dr. George Spencer, Ryan Reffell as John Ransome, and Zoë Scott as the maid.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, you can watch it here:

How can I watch The Essex Serpent on TV?

The first two episodes of The Essex Serpent will begin airing on Apple TV+ on 13 May.

There are six episodes in the series and episodes three to six will be released weekly, with the last episode airing on 10 June.