Tom Brittney Set As New Co-Lead In ITV’s ‘Grantchester’

Grantchester has found its new Vicar. Tom Brittney (Outlander, Call the Midwife) has been set as the new co-lead in the ITV period drama. He replaces original star James Norton, who is exiting during the upcoming fourth season.

“I am beyond excited. From the moment I heard about the role of Will Davenport, it was something I wanted more than anything”, Tom Brittney said. “It’s a real honour to be joining such a wonderful series, with such a loyal fan base.”

Brittney will play Reverend Will Davenport. A man of the people, confident, caring and self-assured, Grantchester’s young, new parish priest channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice. He is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him. As Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.

“As excited as I am to be filming a new series of Grantchester, it’s also heartbreaking to be saying goodbye to Sidney Chambers. I’ve loved this experience, and particularly working with such an extraordinary cast and crew”, Norton added. “All the best to the fantastic Tom Brittney in his role as the new vicar. He is a wonderful addition to the Grantchester family.”

Based on the novels by James Runcie, Grantchester is set in the 1950s and follows an unlikely crime-fighting duo – the charismatic, charming clergyman Sidney Chambers and gruff, down-to-earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating. The drama series is produced by Kudos and stars James Norton, Robson Green, Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.

The series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam, who is returning to pen the new scripts alongside John Jackson. Kudos and Masterpiece are producing, with Richard Cookson serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Diederick Santer, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd and Daisy Coulam for Kudos and Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston for Masterpiece. Director Tim Fywell is returning for the opening two episodes. Production is currently underway in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester,