May 22 (UPI) -- Hugh Grant is set to star in the BBC's three-part adaptation of John Preston's bestselling book A Very English Scandal.
This marks the first time Grant will appear in a television drama since the early 1990s. He will play Jeremy Thorpe, a disgraced member of Parliament, who in 1979 was tried but acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott, a press release from the network explained.
"Hugh is one of our most iconic British actors -- sharp, witty, deeply human and nuanced -- and to have him play one of the most controversial figures of British politics is utterly thrilling. With Russell T. Davies writing and Stephen Frears directing, A Very English Scandal unites the highest level of talent to bring this extraordinary true story to life," executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said in a statement Monday.
"Hugh Grant is an extraordinary actor and a worldwide star. I'm delighted that he is joining the BBC One family and I can't wait to see how he applies his unique talent bringing to life this mercurial role," added Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama.
Grant's film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sense & Sensibility, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, About A Boy and Florence Foster Jenkins.