ITV’s Grantchester, based on the books by James Runcie and starring James Norton and Robson Green as a village vicar and policeman respectively, was a big hit when it premiered last year. With the second series currently being filmed, ITV has announced a raft of cast additions, starting with Neil Morrissey, who seems to have made the crossover from comedy into serious roles quite successfully (see his turn in Line Of Duty). There are more details after the jump.
Neil Morrissey will play Harding Redmond, a resident of Grantchester and grieving father whose teenage daughter Abigail (Grace Holley) is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Heartbroken and desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to Abigail, Harding accuses Sidney of having an inappropriate relationship with her. Sidney is determined to prove his innocence but will Harding’s accusations change the way the villagers feel about him?
Neil said of his new role: “I’m really excited to be joining the cast of Grantchester. It’s great to work with James Norton, Robson Green and the rest of the cast, and I can’t wait to film in the actual village of Grantchester, which I know is beautiful. I’m also happy to be sporting a funky 1950s moustache, my first foray into top lip decoration since I started acting.”
Other new cast who will appear in the series include Claudie Blakley, Nigel Planer, Andrew Knott, Nicky Henson and Oliver Dimsdale.
Tessa Peake-Jones, Morven Christie, Kacey Ainsworth and Al Weaver are all returning to the series.