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Super-villain Lesley storms the Citadel


LESLEY MANVILLE is playing wildly against type as a chilling villain in the hotly anticipate­d mega- budget new spy series Citadel.

She plays British ambassador Dahlia archer with a ladylike but distinct menace — and Bodyguard star Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are the elite spies who are caught in her web.

Showrunner David Weil says: ‘She’s the villain of the story, but as all the best villains are, she’s the heroine of her own story. So we needed an actor who could achieve both: to be both bone-chilling and elegant.’

The show has been created by the Russo brothers — behind the avengers movies — and is said to have come in at $250 million (£210 million) for seven episodes — $90 million more than the initial budget.

Word is that Jennifer Salke, the head of amazon Studios, did not care for what she saw at first. a new executive was brought in to rewrite, and a new director to take care of reshoots.

its subsidiary, Prime video, who made the most expensive Tv show ever in The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power, is praying for a hit when it streams in april.

it has been conceived as a global Tv series with a main show plus offshoots. it has so far seeded spinoffs in india and italy.

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Bone-chilling: Lesley Manville as Dahlia Archer

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