Nessa Stein's father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father's company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.
Following the murder of a Palestinian business man, Samir Meshal, after he had just been awarded the latest cabling contract, Nessa and her brother Ephra find themselves placed under the scrutiny of both Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service. It is then that Nessa is forced to confront not only the true nature of her business empire but of her brother and, ultimately, of herself.
Set against the gripping international backdrop of paranoia and espionage, the miniseries follows one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in her past. From the corridors of governmental power, to Whitehall and MI6, Washington and the CIA, to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the titular role of Nessa Stein. The stellar international cast also includes Stephen Rea ("The Shadow Line," "Father & Son," "V for Vendetta"), a stalwart of British film and Academy Award nominee, as Hugh Hayden-Hoyle — a top M16 spy on the verge of retirement, digging deep into Nessa Stein's family. His bitter ex-wife Anjelica is played by Lindsay Duncan ("The Hollow Crown," "White Heat").
Oscar and Tony award nominee Janet McTeer ("Damages," "Albert Nobbs") plays the Head of MI6 Julia Walsh — who has a personal hold over Hayden-Hoyle ("Rea").
Andrew Buchan ("Broadchurch," "Garrow's Law," "The Fixer") plays Nessa Stein's ("Gyllenhaal") brother Ephra Stein — seemingly over-shadowed by his sister within the Stein family business. He is joined by BAFTA award nominee Katherine Parkinson ("The IT Crowd," "Sherlock") as his highly strung pregnant wife Rachel Stein.
British theater and television actress Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie," "The King's Speech") is Monica Chatwin, a key MI6 agent from the Washington Bureau — spoiling for a fight with her UK counterparts.
Multi-award winning Belgian actress Lubna Azbal ("Incendies," "Occupation," "Paradise Now," "Body of Lies") plays Atika Halibi, nanny to Ephra and Rachel Stein's two young daughters and close friend to Nessa.
Tobias Menzies ("Game of Thrones," "Rome," "The Shadow Line") has previously worked with Gyllenhaal on the film "Hysteria," and this time plays opposite her as Nessa's trusted personal body guard Nathaniel Bloom. Genevieve O'Reilly ("Spooks," "Episodes") plays Nessa's loyal personal assistant Frances.
Israeli actor Igal Naor ("300: Rise of an Empire," "Green Zone") received international acclaim for his portrayal of Saddam Hussein in "House of Saddam" and plays Shlomo Zahary, a close long-time ally of the Stein family.
Other cast members include Martin Hutson, Nicholas Woodeson, Raad Rawi, Richard Katz, Philip Arditti, John Mackay, Rupert Frazer, Uriel Emil, Paul Herzberg, George Georgiou, Julia Montgomery-Brown, Marin McDougall, Aiden Stephenson, Tom Bateman, Amira Ghazalla, Hugh Ross and Stephen Boxer.
With a cast of nearly 100, "The Honorable Woman" is a co-production made by Sundance Channel, Drama Republic and Hugo Blick's Eight Rooks Productions.