Co-written by Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden, the cast includes actor Nikesh Patel (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Hulu miniseries; Man Like Mobeen, BBC Three) as leading man and love interest. While comedian, actor, and writer Emma Sidi (Pls Like, BBC Three; Stath Lets Flats, Channel 4), Sindhu Vee (Live at the Apollo, BBC One; Mock The Week, BBC Two) will take on roles. Special guest star Minnie Driver (Modern Love, Amazon Prime Video; Good Will Hunting) will feature alongside the wider cast including Al Roberts (Stath Lets Flats, Channel 4), Jon Pointing (Plebs, ITV), Joe Barnes (The Now Show, BBC Radio 4), Nic Sampson (Baby Done), Lola Rose Maxwell (Rude Tube, Channel 4), Abraham Popoola (The Great, Channel 4), and Ambreen Razia (This Way Up, Channel 4).
Starstruck follows Jessie (Rose Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel).
As well as being broadcast on BBC Three and BBC One in the UK, HBO Max will be the broadcast partner for the series in the USA, while the show has also been picked up by ABC to air in Australia, and TVNZ in New Zealand.
The news arrives shortly after Matafeo’s Comedy Award-winning stand-up special Horndog launched on BBC One and BBC Three last month as part of the BBC’s Festival of Funny after previously enjoying successful performances around the world with sell-out shows at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and a Barry Award nominated run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, before being crowned Best Show at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018.
Starstruck is directed by Karen Maine (SXSW Award-winning Yes God Yes), and was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three. Executive Producers are Rose Matafeo, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Rob Aslett. Toby Welch acts as series producer. Gregor Sharp is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC, and Jeniffer Kim is SVP of International Content for HBO Max.