ABC Casts Lead for 'Beauty and the Beast' Deadline

ABC has found its “Beauty” for "Beauty and the Beast." The role in the new drama pilot will be the first U.S. acting job for a young Irish actress, Ruth Bradley, reports.

Bradley will play Grace, an embattled princess, who has an unlikely connection with Shiro, a bodyguard for hire who is something of a mysterious beast. Scottish singer-actor Darius Campbell is playing Shiro.

Bradley has appeared in TV series before, including “Primeval” and “Love/Hate,” and in the feature “In Her Skin.”

Directing the pilot is Yves Simoneau for ABC Studios. Jon Steinberg penned the script.

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