In-demand British actress Antonia Thomas has been tapped to play the lead in the ABC drama pilot Spark, from ABC Studios.

Written by Michael Cooney, Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and Pin (Thomas), a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Thomas’ Pin is the smart, driven, fiercely independent young woman whose mission it is to bring back electricity to the masses no matter the cost.

abclogoThis marks the U.S. television debut for Thomas, who fielded multiple offers for lead pilot roles this season, with ABC and ABC Studios particularly aggressive. In her native England, Thomas played one of the lead roles in the BAFTA award-winning series Misfits. She was nominated for the Best Female Newcomer Empire Award for her role in hit musical-feature Sunshine On Leith. She also stars in Scrotal Recall for Channel 4 and Netflix. Thomas is repped by Gersh, Principal LA and Curtis Brown.

Cooney executive produces Spark with Ian Sander and Kim Moses.