Rising young British actress Jodie Whittaker has been cast in the title role of Antigone at the National Theatre.

Jodie Whittaker to star as Antigone

Jodie Whittaker to star as Antigone

The 30 year old Guildhall graduate has worked continuously since her breakout debut, in Roger Michell’s movie Venus alongside Peter O’Toole. Since then she has played a range of TV and film roles including Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Wired, Marchlands and 2011 British movie hit Attack The Block.

Securing the role of Antigone in Polly Findlay’s new production of Sophocles’s play at the National from 23 May 2012, will be seen as a defining moment in her career. She will be joined in the production by former Doctor Who Christopher Ecclestone who will play Creon.

Jane Lapotaire last performed Antigone at the National Theatre in 1983, directed by John Burgess and Peter Gill.