TV producers launch casting call for Michael Gove lookalikes for new political drama
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Sky producers are searching for a Michael Gove lookalike to play the cabinet minister in the upcoming series, This Sceptred Isle.
The five-part drama charts events surrounding the prime minister, Downing Street, and the country during the first wave of the global pandemic.
A casting brief says producers are searching for a male "in his early 50s, upper middle class, well-spoken" who is based in the UK. Prior acting experience is not necessary.
A TV source says: "This is the perfect role for anyone who’s ever been made fun of for looking or sounding like Michael Gove. What a way to show all those that have ridiculed you by getting a part in a huge Sky drama like this."
This Sceptred Isle will air next autumn on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
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