Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Actor and comedian Michelle De Swarte to star in Sister's darkly comic series The Baby for Sky and HBO

07/06/2021

Sky and HBO have today announced the casting of actor and comedian Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) in the darkly comic horror, The Baby, from debut screenwriter Si n Robins-Grace (Kaos, Sex Education). Michelle, who made her acting debut as a series regular in Netflix series The Duchess is set to play 38 year-old Natasha, with Amira Ghazalla (The Rhythm Section, Sense8) and Amber Grappy also confirmed to line up alongside De Swarte. The Sky and HBO co-production which has begun filming is co-created by Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer (credits as Production Manager include Gangs of London, Liar) and produced by global content company SISTER (Giri/Haji, Chernobyl, Gangs of London) and Proverbial Pictures. The eight-part series will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.

Michelle De Swarte plays Natasha, who is the friend who's never made long-term plans. So when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha's life into a horror show. And as she discovers the true extent of its deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of the baby. But while she doesn't want a baby, the baby wants her.

Making her acting debut Amber Grappy plays Bobbi, Natasha's younger sister, a children's magician and a ball of joy. Bobbi is everybody's favourite. There is nothing Bobbi wants more than to be a parent, to give love and to receive it. She couldn't be more different to Natasha if she tried. So when Bobbi sees her sister with the thing she wants most in the world - a baby - she is blinded by jealousy and unable to see the danger they are all in.

Also joining the cast is Amira Ghazalla who plays Mrs Eaves, the 73 year old enigma who has spent the last 50 years living out of her car. She seems to be everywhere the Baby is. But who is she, and what does she want with Natasha's new arrival?

Questioning who gets to choose and who doesn't, The Baby is a funny, raw examination of motherhood as an institution: a set of unspoken and often horrifying rules that affect women differently depending on how they're viewed by society. If youre not scared by that, you should be.

Stacey Gregg (Here Before, Little Birds) joins the production as the director for episodes two and three, alongside Faraz Shariat (No Hard Feelings, Druck) for episodes four, five and six and Ella Jones (Back to Life S2, Enterprice S2) who is confirmed to direct episodes seven and eight.

Michelle De Swarte said: "Natasha is an emotionally arrested, flawed and 100% relatable character that I find it hard not to fall in love with as I read through the scripts. To be able to play someone I not only understand but am rooting for is a dream come true. Si n has written someone with depth, honesty and an authenticity that is as hilarious as it is heart-wrenching. I feel extremely blessed to be working with so many kick ass women on a project that is deliciously female centred."

Si n Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer said: Our Casting Director Aisha Bywaters has done a phenomenal job in bringing together Michelle, Amira and Amber these three incredible actors to helm the cast. As soon as we met them it felt like the roles were written for them. We're very excited to be working with Stacey, Faraz and Ella as directors across the show - brilliantly talented directors who will bring the episodes to life.

Co-creator and writer Si n Robins-Grace is joined in an all-female writers room by Sophie Goodhart (Sex Education, My Blind Brother), Kara Smith (Apple Tree House), Anchuli Felicia King (White Pearl, Golden Shield) and Susan Stanton (HBO's Emmy-winning Succession) with Bisha K. Ali (Ms.Marvel, Sex Education) as consultant.

The eight-episode first season will be produced by SISTER and Proverbial Pictures and Executive Produced by Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri/Haji), Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Naomi de Pear (The Power, Flowers), Katie Carpenter (Landscapers, The Bisexual), Si n Robins-Grace (Kaos, Sex Education) and Nicole Kassell (Watchmen, The Leftovers) with Lucy Gaymer (credits as Production Manager include Gangs of London, Liar) producing. Nicole Kassell serves as lead director, followed by Stacey Gregg (Here Before, Little Birds), Faraz Shariat (No Hard Feelings, Druck) and Ella Jones (Back to Life S2, Enterprice S2). The Baby is Robins-Grace's screenwriting debut.

The Baby was commissioned for Sky by Zai Bennett, Sky UK's Managing Director of Content and Gabriel Silver, Director of Commissioning, Drama at Sky Studios, who also serves as the commissioning editor. The series is commissioned for HBO by Casey Bloys and Amy Gravitt. The series is a co-production between Sky and HBO.

Download Asset
LINK: https://www.skygroup.sky/en-gb/article/actor-and-comedian-michelle-de-...
See more stories from sky

More from BskyB

26/07/2021

Sky Mobile reveals summer dating trend as new break-up banger, Time to 65075' is released with Lady Leshurr

I've Got a Text!: New research from Sky Mobile reveals that 1 in 4 couples a...

23/07/2021

AND IT'S LIVE! Sky Q offers live sport in HDR for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Premier League

Watch live sport for the first time on Sky Q with High Dynamic Range (HDR), maki...

22/07/2021

Two thirds of British SME's agree that they have shown more resilience during the pandemic than larger businesses

80% of British small businesses believe they have shown resilience at its best t...

21/07/2021

ITV and Sky agree new and improved long-term commercial partnership

ITV and Sky have signed an innovative new long-term partnership that drives increased value for both businesses and provides Sky TV customers with an enhanced v...

19/07/2021

World first: Sky Sports and The Hundred unveil ground-breaking technology to enhance the spectator experience

The Hundred (a new 100-ball cricket competition) and Sky Sports have joined forc...

19/07/2021

Filmmakers behind acclaimed McQueen' to produce high-end fashion series in collaboration with Fremantle for Sky Documentaries

Sky Original docuseries, Kingdom of Dreams, a thrilling archive-led story set in...

19/07/2021

Sky reveals first look teaser of series 3 of Sky Original drama Britannia coming to Sky Atlantic and NOW on 24th August 2021

Sky today releases an exclusive first look teaser of series three of Sky Origina...

19/07/2021

Dua Lipa, Sam Mendes, Samuel Bailey, I May Destroy You and Ghosts scoop top accolades at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021

Today's 25th Anniversary South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the first in-person awa...

16/07/2021

Unique art project sees leading artists take over Liverpool's statues in Sky Arts documentary, Statues Redressed

Sky Arts is following a group of artists including Bob and Roberta Smith, Daniel...

16/07/2021

Sky Sports & NOW unveil eye-catching perceptual' artwork ahead of the British & Irish Lions Test matches

The art installation aims to bring the passion of the Lions to Cardiff Castle T...

14/07/2021

The pandemic has put data journalism to the test and shown us that facts and figures can bring news to life

John Ryley, Head of Sky News New research shows that audiences wants facts and ...

14/07/2021

Never Mind the Buzzcocks is back and coming exclusively to Sky and NOW with Greg Davies as host

Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the iconic pop culture panel show, is returning exclus...

12/07/2021

Sky Sports & NOW to unveil eye-catching 'perceptual' artwork ahead of the British & Irish Lions Test matches

The art installation will bring the passion of The Lions to Cardiff Castle To h...

09/07/2021

Sky reveals official teaser trailer for Scenes from a Marriage, coming in 2021 to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW

Sky today launches the official teaser trailer for upcoming drama series Scenes ...

09/07/2021

Lucy Murphy on how we're helping kids stay mentally and physically fit this summer

As schools across the UK begin to close their gates for summer, parents and care...

08/07/2021

GolfPass launches on Sky Q

Golf fans can enjoy exclusive original content, technical tips and more from the comfort of home...

07/07/2021

Sky Broadband launches 500Mb/s Ultrafast Plus package with UK's fastest Speed Guarantee

New Ultrafast Plus delivers the UK's fastest speed guarantee on a 500Mb/s pa...

07/07/2021

Sky opens first ever retail shop in Wales at St David's Cardiff

The St David's Partnership, owners of St David's Cardiff, has announced the opening of a new shop for Sky, Europe's leading media and entertainment ...

06/07/2021

The Hundred x the LEGO Group x Sky Sports team up to inspire families and sports fans

The Hundred is thrilled to announce a ground-breaking partnership with the LEGO ...

06/07/2021

Sky Kids announces new commissions featuring Frankie Bridge and Dr. Alex George to help kids stay mentally and physically fit this summer

With the summer holidays approaching Sky Kids today announced a brand-new line-u...

06/07/2021

Sky release official teaser trailer for Succession Season 3, ahead of return to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW this Autumn

Sky today launches the official teaser trailer for the return of hit drama Succe...

02/07/2021

Channel 4 and Sky expand long-term partnership

Channel 4 and Sky today announced they have renewed and expanded their long-term commercial partnership. The new multi-year agreement will extend the successful...

29/06/2021

Sky Documentaries commissions thrilling European Super League documentary with exclusive access

Sky Documentaries today announces a Sky Original feature length documentary that...

28/06/2021

Sky Sports The Lions to be the home of the British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa

Sky Sports to show all eight matches of The Lions Tour of South Africa live and ...

28/06/2021

Sky announces enhanced on-set safeguarding measures

Recent allegations of sexual misconduct and other unacceptable behaviour on set in the TV industry have given us all reason to address what is and is not accept...

28/06/2021

New cast line up as filming gets under way on the second series of Sky Original and AMG Global hit Gangs of London

Coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in the UK, and returning to AMC...

24/06/2021

Sky Sports & England Netball - A partnership that supports success

Dear reader, This weekend sees the finals of the Vitality Netball Superleague take place at the Copper Box Arena in London. In a year like no other, it is a...

22/06/2021

Sky and Adobe team up with Kick it Out to launch second year of The Edit' with new focus on equality, diversity and inclusion

First year of programme exceeds targets, reaching over 40,000 students with 45% ...

22/06/2021

Sky Studios announces development deal with Noah Media Group

The London-based, award winning film and television production company will co-produce a slate of documentary projects with Sky Studios, in a multi-title partne...

18/06/2021

BAFTA Award winning Sky Original Life & Rhymes returns for a second series on Sky Arts

BAFTA Award-winning spoken word series Life & Rhymes will return to Sky Arts, th...

16/06/2021

Sky launches new campaign to help tackle loneliness amongst older people

Employees from Sky's customer service group receive dedicated time each week to speak to older people New befriending line launches to support Sky's o...

16/06/2021

Sky opens first ever retail shop in London at Westfield Stratford City

Sky, Europe's leading media and entertainment company, has announced its opened its first ever retail shop in London at Westfield Stratford City. The openi...

16/06/2021

Sky Sports celebrates 25 years of broadcasting women's cricket

Sky Sports celebrates 25 years of covering womens cricket in 2021 by showing more live games than ever before, starting with the Test match between England and ...

11/06/2021

Sky Sports to deliver more boxing than ever before as part of a new chapter for the sport

Two new partnerships will see Top Rank and BOXXER fights on Sky Sports until 202...

10/06/2021

Sky Mobile reveals the lengths fans go to never miss a sporting moment

Viewing confessions: New research from Sky Mobile reveals 37% of Brits will use their smartphones to watch their favourite sports at work, with 27% sneakily vie...

10/06/2021

The one where Friends: The Reunion becomes Sky One's most watched show ever

Friends fans across the UK have broken viewing records for Sky One with 5.3m watching the long-awaited return of Friends: The Reunion. The must-watch one-off sp...

09/06/2021

Love Factually: Watching documentaries is booming, inspiring a nation of aspiring armchair experts

FROM REEL TO REAL - Brits have watched more documentaries this past year than ev...

09/06/2021

Sky Documentaries announces a slate of new original titles to mark channel's first anniversary

Sky today announced five new Sky Original documentaries that reinforce its commi...

09/06/2021

Sky reveals trailer and premiere date for highly anticipated documentary Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie

Sky has today revealed the official trailer for highly anticipated Sky Original ...

07/06/2021

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards returns on 18 July in style for 2021, marking 25 years as the only Awards ceremony in the world to celebrate every genre of the A...

07/06/2021

Actor and comedian Michelle De Swarte to star in Sister's darkly comic series The Baby for Sky and HBO

Sky and HBO have today announced the casting of actor and comedian Michelle De S...

06/06/2021

Sky Originals Save Me Too & Life of Rhymes win at BAFTA Television Awards

Tonight, at the 2021 British Academy Television Awards, Sky celebrated four wins, including Drama Series for Sky Original Save Me Too and Entertainment Programm...

04/06/2021

Simon Callow, Tamsin Greig, and Mark Gatiss to star in new Christmas Sky Original, The Amazing Mr Blunden'

Filming has begun on The Amazing Mr Blunden, a Sky Original family adventure for...

03/06/2021

Calling all terrible singers!

Sky Arts launches new series Anyone Can Sing...

03/06/2021

Sky Sports announce 2021 GAA Championship fixtures

Sky Sports today announced its 2021 GAA Championship fixtures, along with an all-star line-up of pundits, commentators and presenters for the season ahead. Sk...

02/06/2021

Parents want children playing outside this summer, new research reveals

New research by the NSPCC reveals parents think play has become more important for children because of the pandemic. Over half have also said their children hav...