Freema Agyeman

Freema Agyeman

Freema Agyeman has joined the cast of 'Sex and the City' prequel 'The Carrie Diaries'.

The 'Doctor Who' and 'Torchwood' star will play Larissa, a "hip, cutting-edge editor/party girl" who works for Interview Magazine and serves as a mentor for the young Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) in the CW series which is based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, according to Deadline.

A show insider told Mail Online: "This is the biggest role of Freema's career. She's done fabulously well to get it due to some very strong competition."

Other actors to have joined the pilot programme include 'Life Unexpected's Austin Butler as Carrie's love interest, with Brendan Dooling as her best friend who struggles with his sexuality.

'The Carrie Diaries' is being developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who have previously collaborated on shows such as 'Gossip Girl', 'The O.C.' and 'Hart of Dixie'.

It will revolve around Carrie's coming of age at high school in Manhattan in the 1980s as she gets to grips with romance and life in the big city.

Speaking about the project previously, CW's head of development Thom Sherman said: "The focus is so much on the Carrie Bradshaw character and who she was at 16, 17 years old.

"We weirdly compare it to 'Smallville' because it's an origin story - how she started writing, how she came to love Manhattan. Basically how we frame the show is: 'Carrie at 16 found her first love and it's not a boy - it's Man-hattan'. The other unique aspect is obviously the time period."