The War Rooms: Jenna Coleman Set to Play Real-Life Miss Moneypenny

Jenna Coleman has signed to play Joan Bright in The War Rooms, a real-life drama about the woman who led Winston Churchill's secret Whitehall bunker and the inspiration for Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond stories. The series will explore the untold story of the women who lived, loved, and triumphed in Winston Churchill's secret Whitehall bunker.

Bright was a former girlfriend of James Bond author Ian Fleming and was thought to be one of the inspirations behind Miss Moneypenny. Her memoir The Inner Circle: A View of War at the Top has been optioned for the series. She was more than just a secretary. She was effectively a spymistress running the room that coordinated operations. The TV series is created by Moving On writer David Chidlow and comes from producer David Parfitt and former Content Media President of Film Jamie Carmichael.

The War Rooms: Jenna Coleman to Play the Real Miss Moneypenny
Jenna Coleman, from "Doctor Who" to "The Serpent" to "The War Rooms", Still courtesy of BBC Studios

The War Rooms is a co-production between Atlantic Nomad and Trademark Films. Jenna Coleman will have an Executive Producer credit alongside Simon Mirren and Chidlow. Imperial War Museums, whose The Churchill War Rooms is one of five IWM branches in the UK, will serve as a series consultant.

The series will follow Bright and her colleagues as the Second World War progresses. Each season will cover 12-18 months of the war – from the shock of the war's outbreak to sustaining the fight to the final push for victory and the battle to shape modern Britain.

Jenna Coleman said, "Joan Bright was never going to live a conventional life – a young woman who lived her war days under the official secrets act, undercover and underground in the war rooms. This story is so compelling not only because of her unique and liberal mind, wryness of spirit and curiosity to live but because of the opportunity to examine this endlessly fascinating period of time through an intimate and human lens. The closeness and proximity of days and nights lived within this small space, the carriers of the truth amidst the oblivion of propaganda above. The beauty and fragility of human connection when living through a time when no one knows what tomorrow will bring. I'm so excited to unearth these hidden lives and at a time where it feels so shockingly relevant right now."

"I've always been fascinated by the courts around great leaders – places of intrigue, drama, and quiet heroism. With The War Rooms, we want to shine a light on the remarkable and unheralded women who helped win a world war and contributed to shaping our modern society. To do justice to this vision, we're building a diverse, female-led team that approaches this period and subject matter in a truly fresh, distinctive way. A team that, to better explore our historic world, looks like our modern one," added David Chidlow.

"Jenna is one of the UK's most loved and lauded actresses, whose career has seen her constantly stretch and redefine herself. As our lead actor and executive producer, she has been instrumental in bringing The War Rooms to life. Our intention is to build a series that takes a truly fresh view of a significant part of our collective history.  A show that isn't polite or reverential, but raw, confronting, and offers fresh experiences, perspectives, narratives, and faces. Ones that speak directly to our current, turbulent times and, critically, to an audience thirsty for tales of hope that help frame and make sense of today and tomorrow," said David Parfitt and Jamie Carmichael.

Jenna Coleman can currently be seen in past seasons of Doctor Who and The Serpent on Netflix outside the UK. She is also playing Queen Victoria in the ITV and PBS co-production Victoria for the foreseeable future.

Enjoyed this? Please share on social media!

Stay up-to-date and support the site by following Bleeding Cool on Google News today!

Adi TantimedhAbout Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist who just likes to writer. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.
Comments will load 20 seconds after page. Click here to load them now.