HIS DARK MATERIALS, adapted from Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) voices Stelmaria, Lord Asriel’s Snow Leopard, while David Suchet (Poirot) is Kaisa, gyrfalcon daemon to the witch Serafina Pekkala (played by Ruta Gedmintas).
Aeronaut Lee Scoresby’s daemon is an arctic hare called Hester, voiced by American comedian Cristela Alonzo and Lyra Belacqua’s unsettled daemon, Pantalaimon, is voiced by Kit Connor (Rocketman).
Although Mrs Coulter’s mysterious Golden Monkey doesn’t speak or have a name, his animal noises and vocal characteristics will be created by Brian Fisher (Detective Pikachu), who is also lead puppeteer and CFX coordinator on the series. Puppets were used on set to help the actors form a relationship with their daemon before being created in CGI by Framestore.
In the frozen wilderness of the North exist a race of armoured bears (or panserbjørne). Both skilled metal workers and fierce warriors, they have their own culture and laws. Notable to the series is Iorek Byrnison, a bear who Lyra meets on her quest who will be voiced by Joe Tandberg (The Innocents).
His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO.
Images (from the top) - Hester, voiced by Cristela Alonzo; Dafne Keen as Lyra with Pantalaimo, voiced by Kit Connor; James McAvoy as Lord Asriel with Stelmaria, voiced by Helen McCrory; Clarke Peters as The Master with the Golden Monkey, voiced by Brian Fisher.Iorek Byrnison, voiced by Joe Tandberg; (Credit for all: Courtesy of HBO).