Emily Blunt is starring in epic new BBC drama ‘The English’ set in 1890

The Young Victoria star Emily Blunt has begun filming her new TV series in Spain.

Known for her roles in Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, and The Girl on the Train, the 38-year-old English actress is leading the cast of a new BBC period drama.

The English is described as a “high-octane epic western” and is being made by the producers of Doctor Foster.

The six-part mini-series is written and directed by award-winning Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line).

The official synopsis reads: “Set in the mythic mid-American landscape in the year of 1890, The English follows Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son.

“Upon meeting Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), an ex-cavalry scout and member of the Pawnee Nation by birth, they join together and discover a shared history which must be defeated at all costs, if either of them are to survive.”

Writer and director Hugo Blick commented: “The chance to make a Western with Emily Blunt and the cast is so delicious I’m still wondering if it’s one of those weird dreams we were all having during lockdown.

“If not, a thrilling, romantic, epic horse-opera is heading to your screen sometime next year, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

The cast also includes Victoria star Tom Hughes, alongside Rafe Spall (The Salisbury Poisonings), Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line), Valerie Pachner (The King’s Man), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Ciaran Hinds (The Woman In Black), Malcolm Storry (Doc Martin), Steve Wall (Raised By Wolves), Nichola McAuliffe (Doctor Who), Sule Rimi (Strike Back), and Cristian Solimeno (Guilt).

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, added: “I’m delighted that Hugo’s beautiful scripts are finally coming to life in The English.

“With a cast led by the exceptional Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer, I have no doubt that this thrilling and compelling story will be a treat for BBC audiences when it hits our screens.”

The English is expected to premiere in 2022 on BBC One in the UK, and on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

While we wait, you can watch Emily Blunt hilariously explaining a typical British day here.

Mary Poppins Returns is available on DVD on Amazon.