‘Outlander’ Star Lauren Lyle Boards Netflix’s ‘Toxic Town’
2024/02/28

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Outlander actress Lauren Lyle has joined the cast of Netflix's upcoming drama Toxic Town, based on the Corby Poisonings.

Lyle's specific role in the series has not been confirmed, but she will be starring alongside an impressive lineup that includes Aimee Lou Wood, Jodie Whittaker, Robert Carlyle, and Claudia Jessie from Bridgerton. The show is written by Jack Thorne, known for his work on Help and His Dark Materials, and produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones' production company Broke & Bones, which is backed by Netflix.

Lyle is recognized for her role as Marsali in the hit series Outlander and recently won two BAFTA Scotland awards for her lead performance in ITV's Karen Pirie.

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She is also set to appear in the indie film The Outrun alongside Saoirse Ronan at the Sundance Film Festival. Her other credits include roles in the BBC shows Vigil and Broken.

Toxic Town, revealed by Deadline in August, tells the story of the toxic waste spillages in Corby, Northamptonshire, and the subsequent legal battle that drew comparisons to the 'British Erin Brokovich.' Following the closure of a major steelworks in the 1980s, the council demolished the site as part of a regeneration project that involved transporting waste through residential areas openly. This led to a significant increase in upper limb defects in babies born in Corby during the late 1980s and early 1990s, prompting 18 families to file a lawsuit which ultimately succeeded in the UK's High Court in 2009.

Thorne, who also worked on the Channel 4 series The Accident, has described the events in Corby as a 'defining moment in history.' Production of Toxic Town began in the summer under an Equity contract, with Lyle being represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and MGMT Entertainment.

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