EXCLUSIVE– Bella Dayne is joining the cast of Channel 4 and AMC’s hit show Humans. The 27-year-old Brit actress is currently starring as a series lead in ITV’s Roman-set comedy Plebs.
The eight-episode second season is slated to premiere in the UK in late 2016 and 2017 in the U.S. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) based on the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans from Matador Films, the series ranks as a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. this season and has averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings. The first episode was Channel 4’s highest-rated originated drama in 20 years; season one has drawn an 18.0% share of the UK viewing audience on Sundays between 9-10 PM.
AMC boarded the series after Channel 4’s original U.S. partner, XBox, folded its TV unit. It is part of the diversification of the network’s development model as AMC has been adding straight-to-series orders and international co-productions to the traditional way of piloting a drama before picking it up to series.
Co-produced by AMC and Channel 4 with Kudos, the first season explored humans’ inherent fear of the unknown and the possible implications of granting machines consciousness.
Humans is executive produced by Derek Wax and Chris Fry for Kudos, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films.
Dayne’s other credits include the lead in feature Don’t Hang Up, Sex Guaranteed alongside Stephen Dorff, as well as roles on American Horror Story and Person of Interest. She is repped by Identity Agency Group, Authentic Talent and Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty (CESD).