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The truth is we all tell lies

Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage

The series centres around Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), who is deeply troubled about past events that have haunted her. Stein is constantly battling a consuming internal conflict – for reconciliation with her past and her search for personal equilibrium. This struggle is manifested in her political activities, trying to reconcile a conflict that has equally haunted a region of the world, countless lives and political agendas for many years. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. An independent entrepreneur, equal parts idealist and pragmatist, she has worked tirelessly to help cultivate an atmosphere of reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Ennobled for her campaigning work, the newly made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman.

Meet the cast

The Honourable Woman

Nessa Stein

Played by Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress who made her feature film debut in 1992. Since then, she’s gained critical acclaim for stand-out performances in films such as Crazy Heart, The Dark Night, Donnie Darko, Adaptation, Mona Lisa Smile, White House Down and, most recently, Frank. The Honourable Woman marks Gyllenhaal’s first move into TV.

Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal has starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber’s award-winning Closer, Shakespearean tragedy Anthony and Cleopatra, Chekov’s Three Sisters and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.

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