New drama examines the 'Invisible' lives of Brontë Sisters

Posted by Chip Chandler on
"To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters" debuts March 26.
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"To Walk Invisible" trailer

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

From sheltered clergyman’s daughters to controversial authors, the Brontë Sisters lived literary lives like few others.

The remarkable authors come to life in To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters, a new drama written and directed by Sally Wainwright that debuts at 8 p.m. March 26 on Masterpiece.

The drama stars Finn Atkins (Eden Lake) as Charlotte, who shocked society with her edgy epic, Jane Eyre; Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) as Emily, author of the darkly gothic and disturbing Wuthering Heights; and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) as Anne, whose true-to-life love story The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was deemed “coarse and disgusting” by Victorian critics.

The Guardian called writer/director Sally Wainwright's work "bleak, beautiful and brilliant, like everything Wainwright and her growing repertory company does."

To Walk Invisible —filmed in and around Haworth, the picturesque Yorkshire village where the Brontë sisters lived — also stars Jonathan Pryce (Wolf Hall) as Rev. Patrick Brontë, their distracted father; and Adam Nagaitis (Houdini and Doyle) as Branwell, their only brother.

Based largely on Charlotte’s voluminous letters, the film follows the Brontë sisters in the eventful three-year period that saw them rise from ordinary, unmarried women, taking care of the household and their widowed father, to the secret authors of the world’s most sensational literature.

To Walk Invisible is a BBC Studios and BBC Wales production, in partnership with The Open University, co-produced with Lookout Point and Masterpiece.  



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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