Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist coming to TV: What we know so far

21 November 2017

The BBC have released the first official photographs from The Miniaturistwhich will be airing on BBC One later this year. Starring Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy, and filmed on location in Amsterdam, the adaptation will bring to life the characters of Jessie Burton's million-copy bestselling debut novel when it airs later this year.

Images copyright: BBC/ The Forge 

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

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 story set? 

Set in the world of seventeenth century Amsterdam, The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. 

When will The Miniaturist be airing on BBC One? 

The BBC haven't yet announced exactly when we can see Jessie Burton's characters brought to life, but you can get a first look at The Miniaturist in this BBC drama trailer. 

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 Waterstone's Book of the Year, the New Writer of the Year and overall Book of the Year in the National Book Awards.

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

The best-selling debut novel by Jessie Burton, soon to be a BBC Drama.

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin.

Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Available now in paperback and ebook. 

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The Muse

The Muse

Also catch Jessie Burton's newest book, The Muse out now in Paperback, and as an Ebook. 

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

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