Carnival Row is one of the most intriguing and highly anticipated new fantasy series of 2019.
One half Victorian detective drama, one half, fairies and monsters living with humans, the show is an original blend of styles and tones.
Its incredible cast includes Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne and its themes around immigration and refugees are timely and poignant considering current affairs around the world.
When is Carnival Row released?
Carnival Row premieres on Friday, August 30th on Amazon Prime Video.
The series has eight episodes.
What is Carnival Row?
Carnival Row is a Victorian fantasy series, based in a universe where two different worlds – one filled with humans and one filled with mythological creatures are forced to co-exist.
The creatures have to abandon their exotic homelands and become immigants living alongside humans. They are restricted in the way they live their lives, forbidden to live, love or fly with freedom.
Orlando Bloom plays a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate, and Cara Delevingne plays his former flame and refugee faerie Vignette Stonemoss.
Their romance is a dangerous affair in an intolerant society and Vignette is keeping secrets from Philo, which could place the detective in grave danger.
All of this takes place alongside Philo’s latest and most important case - a series of gruesome murders that are threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.
Who is in the Carnival Row cast?
Alongside Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne are an incredible cast including Simon McBurney (The Borgias), who plays Runyan Millworthy, an eccentric traveling showman who leads a troupe of strange creatures called kobolds back to the city where he began his once proud, now fading career.
David Gyasi (Interstellar) plays Agreus, a mysteriously wealthy faun who moves into an affluent human neigbourhood, defying the social order.
Tamzin Merchant (Salem) plays Imogen Spurnrose, a young woman who believes Agreus could be her opportunity to turn her aristrocratic family’s fading fortine around.
Andrew Gower (Outlander) is Ezra Spurnrose, a neurotic son of a prosperous watchmaker, who's lately gambled his deceased father's fortune on the considerably more risky enterprise of ferrying migrant workers from the fae homelands.
Karla Crome (Under the Dome) will be Tourmaline, a quick-witted faerie poet driven from her war-torn homeland.
Arty Froushan (Knightfall) is Jonah Breakspear, a compulsive playboy whose carousing in the brothels of Carnival Row threatens to destroy his father's political legacy.
Caroline Ford (Once Upon A Time) plays Sophie Longerbane, a ceaselessly clever and mysterious young noblewoman who's grown up sequestered away by her tyrannical father.
Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) plays Piety Breakspear, the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of The Burgue.
Finally, Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men, The Terror) plays Absalom Breakspear, the imperious and secretive Chancellor of the Burgue, besieged by political enemies from all sides.
Who is Cara Delevingne?
Actress, musician and style icon Cara Delevingne is one of the most recognizable faces in the world.
Since her film debut in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina in 2012, Delevingne has continued to make her mark on the big screen. She’s since starred in Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, Chris Foggin’s Kids in Love, Joe Wright’s Pan, Jake Schrier’s Paper Towns based on the book by John Green, Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, and Matthew Cullen’s London Fields.
With over 41 million followers on Instagram and over 10 million on Twitter, Delevingne continues to be an influential voice on social media. She often uses her platform to speak out about issues on mental health, women’s rights and animal conservation.
Delevingne is currently the face of Dior Skincare, Puma Activewear, Burberry Fragrance, Rimmel London Cosmetics, and TAG Heuer Watches.
Talking about her character Vignette at Comic Con 2019, Cara told IMDB: “She is an amazing character. A fireball, a spitfire. A warrior with a really, really big heart.”
Who is Orlando Bloom?
Bloom is well known for his role as Will Turner in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films which have all been massive box office hits. On behalf of his performance in the first film, Bloom won a Hollywood Film Award for Breakthrough Acting – Male and received an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best On-Screen Team with Johnny Depp. Additionally, he has won six Teen Choice Awards in various categories over the course of the past three films.
He is also widely known for his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning trilogy The Lord Of The Rings. The ensemble cast received three consecutive SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, finally winning on behalf of the third film, The Return Of The King.
Bloom reprised his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
On stage, he received critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, directed by David Leveaux. In the summer of 2018, Bloom led a 13-week limited run of Tracy Letts’ black comedy thriller Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.
Bloom was born in Canterbury, England and trained at the National Youth Theatre in London. He also earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy. Bloom graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Aside from his successful acting career, Bloom has been an avid supporter of UNICEF since 2007 and was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009. He was presented with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the 2015 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world. Bloom was also honored with the 2015 BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.
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The history of Carnival Row
Carnival Row has been a 17-year labour of love for executive producer Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim). He started working on Carnival Row at college and five years ago it was suggested that he turned his idea for a film into a TV series.
He took it idea with writer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) to Amazon and they immediately loved the idea,
Speaking to IMDB at Comic Con 2019, Orlando Bloom said: “ I really felt when I read this, I’d never seen this before. I’d never seen this world, I’d never seen these characters.
“I have a bit of history with fantasy stuff, so that was a big greenlight for me."
Season 2 already confirmed
Carnival Row won't be a one-off for Amazon Prime Video - the show has already been given the go-ahead for a second season.
Before the first season has even premiered, Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne have been confirmed to return for a second season.
How to watch Carnival Row
Watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video from August 30th.