Mrs Biggs is a 2012 British television series based on the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs. The series covers Mrs Charmian Biggs' journey from naïve young woman to Biggs' wife and the mother of three young sons. Money worries force her husband to ask for a loan from Bruce Reynolds, planner of the most famous crime in British history, the Great Train Robbery of August 1963. The aftermath of the train robbery and Biggs subsequent escape from prison leads to a life of flight for Charmian and her children as she tries to keep the family together.
- Sheridan Smith as Charmian Biggs
- Daniel Mays as Ronnie Biggs
- Jay Simpson as Bruce Reynolds
- Claire Rushbrook as Ruby Wright
- Jack Lowden as Alan Wright
- Tom Brooke as Mike Haynes
- Leo Gregory as Eric Flower
- Freya Stafford as Julie Flower
- Denise Roberts as Annie
- Adrian Scarborough as Bernard Powell, Charmian's father
- Caroline Goodall as Muriel Powell, Charmian's mother
- Florence Bell as Gillian Powell, Charmian's sister
- Phill Cornwell as Jack Slipper
- Robin Hooper as Mr Kerslake
- Luke Newberry as Gordon
- Iain McKee as Charlie Wilson
- Matthew Cullum as Buster Edwards
- Jon Foster as Goody
- Ron Cook as Peter
The series was filmed in London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Scenes of the Great Train Robbery were recreated on the East Lancashire Railway using a locomotive from the same batch of engines involved in the 1963 raid.
Charmian Biggs acted as a consultant on the series and flew to Britain from Australia in February 2012, just before filming began. She also visited Ronnie, who was ill; the couple had divorced in 1976 but remain on good terms. Some of the names in the series were changed for legal reasons.
Charmian met actress Sheridan Smith and sat with her at the manuscript read-through.
While filming in Australia, Sheridan Smith and Daniel Mays spent an evening at Charmian’s house, where she showed them her archive of personal letters and scrapbooks.
Charmian herself appears in the background of one of the scenes in the public gallery of the Australian court when the lawyer is arguing for her to be released.