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British actor Tom Burke is set to star as Cormoran Strike in the BBC adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s crime novels, penned under the name Robert Galbraith.

Burke has made a name for himself, most recently playing Fedor Dolokhov in the BBC’s War and Peace. He will play Strike, the broken war veteran who sets up his own detective agency from a tiny office in London. The first in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling will be in three parts, following will be The Silkworm and Career of Evil, both two part adaptations. Filming is due to begin in London.

Burke commented: "I'm overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike who is as complex as he is larger than life. I know I’m joining an extraordinary team of people on a series that for me is peppered with moments of real emotional depth and meticulously grounded in the page-turning momentum of these novels. Cormoran’s world is rich and raw.”

Rowling said: “I'm thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who'll bring the character to perfect life. Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can't wait to see Tom play him.”

These adaptations follow J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy which was adapted by the BBC in 2015.

The first three books in the series can be purchased here in Australia and here in the UK.

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