Matthew Rhys is set to play the iconic role of Mr Darcy in a BBC adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley based on the PD James novel.

Rhys, best known for Brothers & Sisters, joins the already cast Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Goode for the new drama series with Maxwell Martin set to play Elizabeth Bennett and Goode cast as the wicked George Wickham.

The three-part series is set six years after the events in Jane Auten’s Pride and Prejudice and centres on a murder mystery.

Rhys said "Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who've institutionalised him in the past.

"The beauty of Pemberley is that it is an entirely new and different Darcy six years on. And also, I don't have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches!"

Filming on the drama begins next month in Yorkshire.

Matthew Rhys can next be seen in The Americans, a new drama series which begins this Thursday on RTÉ Two at 9.30pm.