Like Judi Dench, Geraldine McEwan is a British actress best known for her stage roles who has also made the occasional foray into film and television. Born and raised in Windsor, she began her acting...
The Danish-born director is a big fan of the British sci-fi series and was desperate to step behind the camera and take charge of an episode - but his offer was snubbed by show bosses.
He tells Shortlist magazine, "I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn't want me - turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive (U.K. sci-fi programme) Blake's 7, I could do that. I love it. It's great. That could be fun to update."
Winding Refn is no stranger to U.K. TV shows - he once directed small screen adaptations of murder mysteries featuring Agatha Christie's fictional sleuth Miss Marple.
He adds, "I did two episodes of Marple back to back because, basically, I needed the money. It was fun - a good experience. I really liked working with Geraldine McEwan, she was a great actress. And Amanda Burton too."
Frost is developing a script which revolves around Marple as a 30-something crime solver.
No casting has been announced.
Miss Marple has been played on the big and small screen by British actresses Angela Lansbury, Joan Hickson, Margaret Rutherford, Julia Mackenzie and Geraldine McEwan and American star Helen Hayes.
The only actress to play a young Miss Marple is Julie Cox, who played the detective in 2004 TV movie Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage.
Appeared in the original production of Joe Orton's black comedy "Loot"
Played the title role in the Scottish TV miniseries "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (aired in the USA on PBS)
Early British TV credit, "George and Margaret" for ITV
Made cameo appearance in "Titus"
Broadway debut as Lady Teazle in "The School for Scandal"
Was a member of the National Theatre
Had featured role as the town busybody in "The Love Letter"
Film acting debut in "No Kidding/Beware of Children"
American TV acting debut in "The Thomas Hart Benton Story", an episode of the NBC series "Profiles in Courage"
Had role of Lady Bellaston in "The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones"
London debut in "Who Goes There!"
Co-starred with Laurence Olivier in the film version of Strindberg's "The Dance of Death"
Stage acting debut as an attendant to Hippolyta in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Windsor, England
Co-starred in Kenneth Branagh's musicalization of "Love's Labour's Lost"
Played the heroine's starchy evangelist mother in the three-part BBC miniseries "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" (an edited version aired on A&E in the USA)
Directed stage production of "As You Like It" (for the Renaissance Theatre Company)
Returned to the National Theatre, starring in such plays as "The Rivals" and "You Can't Take It With You"
Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company; essayed such roles as Olivia in "Twelfth Night", Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Ophelia in "Hamlet"
Played Frankie Adams in the London production of "A Member of the Wedding"
Appeared as cranky spinster who hired "Mulberry" in the British sitcom
Co-starred in the Irish-set drama "Magdalene Sisters"
Cast as Miriam, the sister of Ben Kingsley's "Moses
Returned to Broadway opposite Richard Briers in Eugene Ionesco's "The Chairs"
Appeared as Alice in Kenneth Branagh's version of "Henry V"
Had the title role in "Patience" in Brighton
Toured the Soviet Union with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Co-starred in the British miniseries "The Barchester Chronicles" (aired on "Masterpiece Theatre" in the USA in 1984)
Last film role to date, Mortianna in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"" in the TNT miniseries
Played opposite Prunella Scales in the four-part series "Mapp & Lucia" (aired on PBS in 1986)
Like Judi Dench, Geraldine McEwan is a British actress best known for her stage roles who has also made the occasional foray into film and television. Born and raised in Windsor, she began her acting career as a teenager and gradually made her way through various repertory companies to land in the mid-1950s at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. After joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961, McEwan distinguished herself in such roles as Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Ophelia in "Hamlet". Over the course of the next three decades, the actress amassed a formidable array of credits, originating roles in such contemporary classics as Joe Orton's "Loot" (1965) and tackling many of the classics like "The School for Scandal" (her Broadway debut in 1963), "The Rivals" (in 1983) and more recently, the absurdist "The Chairs" (a return to Broadway in 1998).