The four-part drama, adapted for TV by Boyd himself, intimately depicts the life of fictional writer Logan Mountstuart. In it, Oscar-winning Broadbent plays the older incarnation of the eccentric (and oddly-named) novelist, while Criminal Justice actor Matthew Macfadyen and newcomer Sam Claflin depict his earlier, more naive years.
Spanning nine decades, Any Human Heart tells stories around some of the most significant historic events of recent decades. World War II and the New York art scandal of the '50s and 60s are explored through Logan's eyes, as are his various relationships. Kim Cattrall takes a role reminiscent of Sam in Sex and the City, playing one of the lothario's glamorous lovers when the show starts later this year.
Logan's three wives will be portrayed, chronologically, by newcomer Emerald Fennell, The Prisoner's Hayley Atwell and Mistresses' Natasha Little. Meanwhile, The X-Files' Gillian Anderson and Desperate Romantics''s Tom Hollander depict the Duke and Duchess of Windsor--a couple who greatly influence the path of his long life.