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James Norton bids farewell to Grantchester

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James Norton bids farewell to Grantchester

We can’t wait for Grantchester to return for its new series! The drama will be back for a fourth series, starting Friday 11th January on ITV and sadly, it will be James Norton's last series playing Sidney Chambers.

As a touching goodbye, James Norton's real life family will appear in his final season of Grantchester. The 33-year-old actor welcomed his family onto set whilst filming the upcoming fourth series and admitted while his father always lands a cameo in his projects, he managed to get his mother and aunts on camera too this time.

Speaking to Whats On TV, he said: "Yes, in fact this is a bit embarrassing: we've got a scene where there's a big outdoor fete and not only is my dad coming, but my mum and my two aunts as well!

"They've been begging me the whole time, 'Please can we?' So my Aunt Bridget and Aunt Alison are going to be people visiting the fete."

While he will be sad to say goodbye to the ITV detective drama, he is looking forward to continuing his role as Tommy Lee Royce on popular series Happy Valley, and moving into work on the big screen.

He added: "Sally Wainwright is writing a third series of Happy Valley and I'm starting to venture into film, so it feels like the right time to challenge myself.

"I fancy an adventure - I'd love to spend a bit more time in New York or LA, I'm open to opportunities."

Meanwhile, James also teased the ways in which his character Sidney could be written out of Grantchester.

He said: "I had a couple of light-hearted conversations with the producers offering my absurd, far-fetched versions of his exit, but inevitably they weren't picked up! I don't think it's a surprise that Sidney finds himself entangled in a complicated romantic mess again."

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Call the Midwife actor to star as new Reverend in Grantchester


You may recognise Tom after he appeared in Call the Midwife as Jack Rawle. Now Tom Brittney will be starring in the upcoming fourth series of Grantchester as new clergyman, Reverend Will Davenport.

He said: "I am beyond excited. From the moment I heard about the role of Will Davenport, it was something I wanted more than anything.

"It's a real honour to be joining such a wonderful series, with such a loyal fan base."

The next season is currently in production with filming taking part in London, Cambridge and the village of Grantchester itself.

We can't wait to see the new series, ITV has described him as "a man of God, but with the devil inside of him", and teased a "troubled past" waiting to be unearthed.

Diederick Santer, Kudos executive producer, said: "I'm delighted that Tom is joining the cast. He's a hugely likeable and talented actor, and will make both a fine vicar of Grantchester and a great crime-solving partner for Geordie Keating (Robson Green)."

James Norton to bid fairwell to Grantchester 


His character, jazz-loving clergyman Sidney Chambers, is set to bow out during series four, and James Norton admits it'll be hard saying goodbye to his character. 

He said: "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. All the best to the fantastic Tom Brittney in his role as the new vicar. He is a wonderful addition to the 'Grantchester' family."

Rebecca Eaton, Masterpiece executive producer, said: "It’s a bittersweet time for 'Grantchester' fans, who will be cheering the return of the series but crushed to say goodbye to James. 

"We want to assure them that the series they love will continue with brilliant new episodes and a captivating new vicar."

Along with Robson Green, who plays Detective Geordie Keating, returning members of Grantchester’s ensemble cast include Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.