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Neil Morrissey to play grieving father


Neil Morrissey (Line Of Duty, Men Behaving Badly) has joined the cast of Grantchester Series 2, ITV has confirmed.

The 1950s set drama, based on ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’ by James Runcie, stars James Norton and Robson Green as an unlikely crime-fighting duo: clergyman Sidney Chambers and gruff, down-to-earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating.

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 fifties moustache, my first foray into top lip decoration since I started acting.”

Other new cast who will appear in the series include Claudie Blakley (The Driver), Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Andrew Knott (Black Work), Nicky Henson (Downton Abbey) and Oliver Dimsdale (Harley Street).

Tessa Peake-Jones, Morven Christie, Kacey Ainsworth and Al Weaver are all returning to the series.

Grantchester is a Lovely Day and MASTERPIECE co-production for ITV. The new series is currently in production in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester for broadcast in 2016.