PUBLISHED: 21:46, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:46, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
Harlots season two was picked up by BBC Two and the series is based on The Covent Garden Ladies by Hallie Rubenhold. The series is set in 18th century London and it follows an entrepreneurial woman who sets up a brothel to secure a better life for her daughters. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about who is in the cast of Harlots.
Margaret Wells is the main focus of the series and the story is surrounding her new London brothel.
During an unpredictable time for women in work, Margaret looks to secure a better future for her daughters.
However, there are evangelists who are demanding the closure of brothels, and Margaret ends up getting into some heated debates.
Morton, who plays Margaret, is a 43-year-old English actress who also played the villain Alpha in The Walking Dead.
She has won countless awards for her roles in shows such as Under the Skin, Sweet and Lowdown and The Messenger.
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Harlots season 2 cast: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Eloise Smyth (Image: BBC)
Harlots season 2 cast: Jessica Brown Findlay as Charlotte Wells and Danny Sapani as William North (Image: BBC)
Lydia Quigley is the madam of a rival brothel with clients in much higher ranks than Margaret's.
There is a continuous battle between the two establishments as they both seek to bring in the best business.
Manville, who plays Lydia, is a 64-year-old English actress who is known for her roles in All or Nothing and Another Year.
Speaking to Celebrity Page TV on the red carpet, Manville said: "One in five women in London were prostitutes, it's a fascinating period and it's an amazing time for women.
"[Lydia] is not a very nice woman. We are very honest about them and what they were and what it was like, so sometimes going to these rather dark places."
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Harlots season 2 cast: Liv Tyler joined the cast of season 2 (Image: BBC)