Set against the dark underbelly of Victorian London, The Crimson Petal and the White
is a tale of seduction, power and class conflict centered around the vibrant prostitute Sugar. Played by Golden Globe nominee Romola Garai, Sugar is intelligent, sexually adept and determined to escape the brothel run by the contemptible Mrs. Castaway (Gillian Anderson).
This beautifully filmed four-part drama takes a drastic turn when Sugar meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (BAFTA Award winner and Screen Actors Guild nominee Chris O'Dowd). As regular visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew leave his sickly wife increasingly disturbed, William finds Sugar a thrilling antidote to his dreary existence.
Separated by class and bound by sexuality and ambition, their relationship grows deeper yet more dangerous. As Sugar ingrains herself into William's family business and charmed life, the two find themselves in a power struggle that ultimately reveals Sugar's heroism.
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Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson
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