Holmfirth actress Jessica Gunning will appear in a thrilling Sky Atlantic drama set in the Arctic Circle.

Fortitude, which premieres on Thursday on Sky Atlantic at 9pm, is set in an isolated town on the edge of the world and explores the aftermath of truly shocking events.

With a stellar cast including former Dr Who star Christopher Eccleston, Harry Potter's Michael Gambon, the Killing's Sofie Gråbøl and Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci, the 11-part series will debut with a feature-length opener.

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The small town of Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth, with no recorded cases of violent crime — until now.

The close-knit community is rocked by a murder and the unsettling horror of the crime threatens the future of the town itself.

Local police chief, Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer), must investigate alongside Eugene Morton (Stanley Tucci), a detective who has flown into Fortitude so fast that questions are being asked about how much he knew, and when.

As the two cops try to make sense of the killing, each finds reasons to mistrust and suspect the other.

The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl stars as the town's governor Hildur Odegard, whose plans to turn the declining mining town into a high-end tourist destination are shattered by the murder.

And for terminally ill wildlife photographer Henry Tyson (Michael Gambon), the murder is the catalyst to unearthing Fortitude’s darkest secret.

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Jessica Gunning will appear as Shirley Allerdyce. Luke Treadaway, Jessica Raine, Nicholas Pinnock and Darren Boyd also star.

Jessica recently played the real life Sian James in Pride, a heart-warming film based on the true story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists joined forces with a small Welsh mining community in 1984 in a year battle with the Thatcher government.

The film was  nominated for a Golden Globe and is shortlisted for best film  at the British Independent Film awards and the prestigious BAFTAS.

Fortitude begins on Thursday January 29 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.