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LEONARDO Starring Aidan Turner, Matilda De Angelis & Freddie Highmore Is Binge Worthy

TELUS Presents on Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday April 15, 2021.


The historical drama series starring Aidan Turner as the Renaissance genius. Photography Fabio Lovino. Courtesy of Big Light Productions.


Frank Spotnitz & Steve Thompson

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LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH CREATORS Frank Spotnitz & Steve Thompson. The creative team is on their Canadian press tour for Leordaro, and they were amazing to interview. Both are such movers and shakers in the TV and Film industry! Hear what @imherewithmag thinks about their newest series on Telus Presents and Amazon Prime UK. Also learn more about these two world travelling award wining creators.




The series is created by Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle, Medici) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock) and directed by Dan Percival (The Man in the High Castle) and Alexis Sweet (Don Matteo).

Starring Aidan Turner. Photography Fabio Lovino. Courtesy of Big Light Productions.

A compelling look at one of the most restlessly brilliant men of all time, Leonardo gets inside the mind of the genius, showing the drama behind his art, and exploring a tantalizing mystery left unexplained by biographers – the nature of his relationship with the model Caterina da Cremona.

Matilda De Angelis was born in September 1995 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is an actress, known for Rose Island (2020), Italian Race (2016) and Rumori (2018) and now Leonardo.

Caterina’s apparent murder – and the painting’s disappearance – make for a mystery full of twists and turns that takes us through the key years of Leonardo’s artistic life, leading to a thrilling climax nearly as ingenious as one of Leonardo’s own creations.

Photography by Fabio Lovino. Courtesy of Big Light Productions.

Freddie Highmore is an English actor who came to prominence for his roles in Five Children and It (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

2017- Stars in The Good Doctor as Shaun Murphy -a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Shaun is alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, but he finds his niche using his extraordinary medical skill and intuition to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.

He was born Alfred Thomas Highmore in Camden Town, London, England. Known for Bates Motel (2013), alongside Vera Farmiga as his mother. Highmore received much acclaim for his performance throughout the series' run, and was nominated for multiple Saturn Awards and Critics' Choice Television Awards.


Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit franchise)

Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing)

Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor)

James D’Arcy (Agent Carter, Broadchurch)

Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale, Seven Beauties)

Photography by Fabio Lovino. Courtesy of Big Light Productions.

Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In 2008, Turner made the transition to movies and television with a lead role in the film Alarm and a co-starring role in the popular Irish TV drama The Clinic. In 2009, Turner moved to the UK to take on a starring role in BBC's acclaimed Being Human. Aidan played the spellbinding "Mitchell" for 3 seasons during which time he also starred in BBC's Desperate Romantics and BBC's top rated TV movie Hattie. In 2011, famed director Peter Jackson cast Turner in the role of Kili in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.

The highly successful movie trilogy filmed for approximately two years in New Zealand during which time Aidan also starred in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments.

In 2014 Turner was cast as Poldark in the BBC remake. Aidan was the only actor considered for this charismatic hero. Poldark premiered to excellent rating in the UK in March 2015 and also in the USA in June 2015. The BBC series also aired across Europe and Australia and returned for a second series, aired during 2016.

In 2015 Aidan took on a small role in The Secret Scripture so he could work with one of his favorite directors, Jim Sheridan. He also voiced a role in the first painted animation movie, Loving Vincent, co-starred in the dark comedy, Look Away and starred in the BBC mini series, And Then There Were None.

A third series of the hugely popular Poldark aired in the spring and summer of 2017.

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Courtesy of Big Light Productions.

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Steve Thompson is known for the series Sherlock, Vienna Blood, Leonardo which just to launch on Amazon Prime Video U.K, Ireland and now Telus Presents, 2013 The Science of Doctor Who (TV Movie documentary), as a writer - Doctor Who Production), 2021 Leonardo (TV Series) he was the executive producer of 8 episodes.

He and Frank work very well together! Steve was a teacher for years before he became a writer and producer interestingly. There is never that right time in life to strive for your dreams.

Award-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz is the Chief Executive of Big Light Productions Ltd., a London-and Paris-based production company he founded in 2013 with a vision to create distinctive and ambitious TV drama series, and has become one of the fastest-growing independent production companies in Europe. Big Light Productions creates and produces a diverse slate of international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries.

Under the Big Light banner, most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive produced the drama series Leonardo, starring Aidan Turner, Freddie Highmore and Matilda De Angelis, for RAI, France Télévisions, RTVE and Sony, and is co-produced by Big Light Productions alongside Lux Vide.

Previously, under Spotnitz's stewardship, Big Light has produced a number of high-end drama productions including Amazon's Emmy award-winning The Man in the High Castle, based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel. Spotnitz created, executive produced and wrote several episodes of the acclaimed series, which launched in the UK, US, Germany and Austria in 2015 and quickly became Amazon's most viewed drama series ever. Series also included Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, two seasons of Medici: The Magnificent, starring Daniel Sharman and Sean Bean, both for RAI in Italy, SFR Play in France and Netflix; Ransom for CBS in the US, Corus's Global in Canada, TF1 in France and RTL in Germany; and the comedy-drama series The Indian Detective, starring international comedian Russell Peters, for Bell Media/CTV and Netflix.


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