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Lisa Kudrow joins the cast of Mae and George

She'll star alongside Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie and Sophie Thompson and a host of other names in this new comedy for Channel 4 and Netflix.

The series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviours and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life. Life is further complicated by a new and all consuming relationship with her new girlfriend George.

Mae and George is a deeply personal, darkly hilarious and poignant story about the unique pressures of navigating the modern-day fluid landscape of gender and sexuality.

Charlotte Ritchie plays Mae’s new girlfriend George, who is both the balm to Mae’s anxiety and the cause of it. Sophie Thompson plays Maggie, Mae’s fellow recovering addict and confidante. And Lisa Kudrow joins the cast as Mae’s powerful and charismatic mother Linda who, despite living in Canada, still impacts Mae’s life from afar.

Speaking about joining the cast, Charlotte Ritchie said “It is a total dream to be involved in a show like this. It is so thoughtfully written and full of beautiful details but also makes me laugh so much. I feel so very grateful to be part of it.”

Sophie Thompson commented “I wanted this job so much after reading the scripts - to me they were so funny, scorchingly honest and profoundly human. When I got the job - I literally did a jig of deep glee. Mae amazes me, and so does Joe - to be a part of something so original is such a genuine joy.”

Whilst Lisa Kudrow added “I’m thrilled to be playing Linda but I first fell in love with Mae and the scripts she and Joe wrote. It’s sweet and very funny and awkward and well observed.”

Adrian Lukis also stars as Mae’s romantic English father and Philip Burgers stars as Mae and George’s enigmatic flatmate Phil. Ophelia Lovibond, Tom Durant-Pritchard and Al Roberts play George’s friends Binky, Hugh and Jared. And Pippa Haywood plays George’s mum Felicity, whilst Ritu Arya plays Maggie’s estranged daughter Lava.

Completing the cast are Tobi Bamtefa, Steen Raskopoulos and Jack Barry as Mae’s stand-up cohorts, as well as Sindhu Vee, Rosalind March, Ramon Tikaram and Tom Andrews who play her addicts anonymous support.

Mae and George will air on E4 and Netflix

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