Kylie to star in new drama about Andy Warhol

Updated: 17 January 2013 11:19

Kylie Minogue, Dr Who's Matt Smith and Homeland's David Harewood are among those confirmed for Sky Arts' latest Playhouse Presents series.

Kylie Minogue, Dr Who's Matt Smith and Homeland's David Harewood are among those confirmed for Sky Arts' latest Playhouse Presents series.

The pop princess, who denied recent rumors that she is to quit music, will star alongside comedian Peter Serafinowicz, Mathew Horne and David Harewood in Hey Diddly Dee, a dark comedy centred around a play about Andy Warhol.

Minogue's character is said to be inspired by Edie Sedgwick, with Serafinowicz playing Warhol. Hey Diddly Dee will be directed by Hustle actor Marc Warren.

Meanwhile, Smith is stepping behind the camera for the first time to direct Cargese, which is being billed by Sky as a drama which "mines the tragic seam of adolescent love and loss".

Submarine actor Craig Roberts will star in Cargese which was written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (On the Shore of the Wide World).

Speaking about the Playhouse Presents series Smith said: "Sky Arts offers creative opportunities that many other channels don't.

"To collaborate with Simon Stephens in this capacity was a thrilling and rare opportunity, and one we both were keen to embrace."

The Wire actor Idris Elba will also direct former Brookside actress Anna Friel in The Pavement Psychologist.

Elba, who also wrote the drama, said: "This was a tremendous opportunity that allowed me to showcase creativity that I don't always have a chance to share with the public."

Suranne Jones, Ricky Tomlinson and Vanessa Redgrave will also be involved in the new series of Playhouse Presents, which gets underway in March.