About the series

The Chat encourages us to question how we speak about breast cancer, highlighting the importance of honesty and real talk in a society that typically doesn’t like to talk about it. The series is inspired by real breast cancer stories.

Meet the cast

Rakie Ayola - Heather

In 2021 Rakie won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in Jimmy McGovern’s BBC drama Anthony. In 2020, she won a Black British Theatre Award for The Royal Court and National Theatre Wales production, On Bear Ridge. She can currently be seen on BBC iPlayer starring in The Pact Season 2.

Indira Varma - Jo

Indira is known for her roles in Game of ThronesObi-Wan Kenobi and This Way Up. She is soon to star in Apple TV's Extrapolations, the upcoming Netflix series Obsession and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.  She won an Olivier Award in 2019 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Present Laughter at The Old Vic and starred in The Seagull alongside Emilia Clarke at the Harold Pinter theatre, London.

Claudie Blakley - Lisa

Claudie has most recently been seen reprising her role of Louise in ITV’s Manhunt opposite Martin Clunes. She has also starred in Flesh and Blood and Father Brown as well as films Pride and Prejudice and Gosford Park. Her theatre credits include Chimerica at The Almeida and Consent in the West End.

Kate Ashfield - Pip

Kate is known for TV dramas including His Dark Materials, Life, Sanditon and Line of Duty. She also starred in the film Shaun of the Dead alongside Simon Pegg. In 2017, Kate co-wrote Channel 4 thriller Born to Kill starring Romola Garai and Daniel Mays for which she received nominations for a Royal Television Award and a British Screenwriter’s Award.

Behind the scenes

4 actors, 40 crew members and 1 day to capture it all. Take a look behind the scenes of this groundbreaking new series.

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