The two part adaptation of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist aired on BBC One at 9pm on 26th (Boxing Day) and 27th December 2017, and is available on BBC iPlayer now. Starring Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy, and filmed on location in Holland and London the adaptation brought to life the characters of Jessie Burton's million-copy bestselling debut novel. 

Images copyright: BBC/ The Forge 

Produced by The Forge and written by John Brownlow (FlemingSylvia), The Miniaturist is set in Amsterdam in 1686 and tells the story of a house where, beneath the lavish beauty and privilege lies forbidden passions and dangerous secrets. 

What is The Miniaturist about? 

Who stars in The Miniaturist?

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) will star as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai (Atonement, Suffragette) playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s merchant husband, Johannes Brandt will be portrayed by Alex Hassell who previously starred in the 2003 Acadamy-Award winning film Cold Mountain. Other cast members include Paapa Essiedu, Emily Berrington and I, Daniel Blake’s Hayley Squires. 

“I couldn't be happier to tell this amazing and atmospheric story with such a wonderful group of people. I immediately fell in love with Nella's resilience and am so looking forward to telling her story and helping to bring this magical book to life.” - Anya Taylor-Joy on The Miniaturist

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Anja Taylor-Joy and Romola Garai in The Miniaturist. Image copyright BBC/ The Forge. 

“I'm so happy to be part of this superb adaptation of Jessie Burton's exquisite, genre-bending novel. Marin is a character with an extraordinary journey of true complexity and depth. I am also truly honoured to be working alongside such an extraordinary cast and creative team on bringing this moving and iconic story to life.” - Romola Garai on playing Marin. 

Where is The Miniaturist set? 

Set in the world of seventeenth century Amsterdam, The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. The tv adaptation was filmed on location in Holland and London.

Discover the Amsterdam of The Miniaturist

When did The Miniaturist be air on BBC One? 

The Miniaturist was aired in two parts, with the first showing on Boxing Day (26th December 2017) at 9pm on BBC One and the second at 9pm on the 27th December. 

Below: Nella played by Anya Taylor-Joy and Johannes Brandt played by Alex Hassell in The Miniaturist


Since it was published in 2014 The Miniaturist has sold over a million copies in 37 countries, storming to the top of the bestseller lists in both hardback and paperback. It has also won multiple awards including Waterstones' Book of the Year, the New Writer of the Year and overall Book of the Year in the National Book Awards.

What does the TV tie-in book cover look like?

Author Jessie Burton shared an exclusive first look at the tv tie-in book on her Twitter on 7th December 2017. The tv tie-in edition was published on 14th December 2017.

What does the house look like?

Watch how the miniaturist's house came to the life for the original book's cover design in this video. 

Watch the first clips of The Miniaturist Episode One


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