Little-known British actress CHARITY WAKEFIELD has landed the lead role in a new U.S. legal show made by David E Kelley, the acclaimed creator of Ally Mcbeal.
Wakefield beat off a string of hopefuls to land the plum part of a young attorney who works alongside her father in NBC's new drama Legally Mad.
She has so far appeared mainly in U.K. TV dramas such as Sense and Sensibility and Casualty.
Legally Mad is the latest show from Kelley, who turned Calista Flockhart into an international star, and who is also behind hit shows Chicago Hope, L.A. Law and Boston Legal.
And Wakefield, 28, is delighted to be given her big break, telling British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, "I never really made a plan to work in America and I feel like I'm just starting out, so to get this is kind of surprising and very, very exciting."