Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack) is joining Epix’s Batman prequel series Pennyworth in a very “maternal” series regular role, while Lovesick‘s Jessica Ellerby is set as a recurring character. Paetz and Ellerby join Jack Bannon (Alfred) and Ben Aldridge (Thomas Wayne) in the 10-episode, one-hour drama from executive producer writer Bruno Heller (Gotham, The Mentalist), executive producer/director Danny Cannon (Gotham), and Warner Horizon Scripted TV.
Paetz will portray Martha Kane, who eventually will become Martha Wayne – Bruce Wayne’s mother. Ellerby is set to recur as The Queen.
Based on DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.
● Alfred Pennyworth (Bannon) is a former British SAS soldier in his 20’s, who forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire, Thomas Wayne in 1960s London. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.
● Thomas Wayne (Aldridge) is a young, fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the East Coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred.
● Lord Harwood (Jason Flemyng) is cultured, urbane, brilliant and sure of himself – with a sadistic, cruel nature and a veneer of charm.
● Peggy Sykes (Polly Walker) is the sister of Lord Harwood’s partner-in-crime Bet Sykes (UK pop star Paloma Faith) and one of Lancashire’s busiest and most successful dominatrixes. The sensible matriarch in a family of maniacs, Peggy is fiercely loyal, endlessly resourceful, and lives by her own strange but rigorous moral code.
● Bet Sykes (Faith) is Lord Harwood’s partner-in-crime, a spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain.
● Dave Boy (Ryan Fletcher) and Bazza (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) are lifelong friends of Alfred’s from their army days serving in the same corps. Dave Boy, a haggard Highland Scotsman with a dangerous drinking problem since leaving the army, is a close ally of Alfred and Bazza and also the most unpredictable of the trio. Posh Bajan playboy Bazza is highly proficient at logistics and a valued member of the team.