First Look of Jason Isaacs as Cary Grant in ARCHIE

Well, damn. Sometimes the casting of a biopic is so on point that there’s nothing left to say. Britbox TV released first look images of Jason Isaacs as screen legend Cary Grant for the upcoming limited series Archie, and it turns out once you hide his ice blue eyes behind some colored contacts, you’ve pretty much nailed the look.


Isaacs is a well-seasoned performer who knows how to work a camera, so we have no doubt he’s likely to nail the mannerisms and voice as well. It’s funny. If you asked us for a list of names to play the legendary star, we’re not sure we’d have thought of him at all, but that’s why casting directors earn the big bucks.


BritBox and ITVX release an enchanting first look of Jason Isaacs as Cary Grant in ARCHIE, the four-part drama about the life of Hollywood’s leading man. Written by award-winning screenwriter, Jeff Pope, and produced by Etta Pictures, Pope’s ITV Studios label, BritBox International is the co-production partner on the series which will premiere in December in all its territories: North America, Australia, South Africa and the Nordics.

The series is directed by BAFTA winning Paul Andrew Williams, who also serves as an Executive Producer, and produced by BAFTA winning Rebecca Hodgson.

The striking images reveal Jason Isaacs for the first-time channeling Cary Grant, looking suave, debonair and exuding all the elegance and style associated with one of the greatest Hollywood icons.

The series also stars Laura Aikman (Not Going Out, Gavin and Stacey) as Cary’s formidable ex-wife, actress and filmmaker Dyan Cannon, with Harriet Walter (Succession, Ted Lasso, Killing Eve) as Elsie Leach, Cary’s mother.

Dainton Anderson (Patrick Melrose), Calam Lynch (Bridgerton) and Oaklee Pendergast (Home) play young versions of Archie Leach, and Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, The Halcyon, Sound of Music Live) plays young Elsie.

ARCHIE is a 4 x 60 mins drama commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill for ITVX. With the blessing of Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, and ex-wife Dyan Cannon, the pair serve as Executive Producers. Jeff Pope executive produces the series for Etta Pictures with Diederick Santer for BritBox International.

The series will air in November on ITV in the UK, and in December on BritBox in all its territories: North America, Australia, South Africa and the Nordics.


[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Britbox]



Calam Lynch

Dainton Anderson

Harriet Walter


Jason Isaacs

Kara Tointon

Laura Aikman

Oaklee Pendergast


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