GRANTCHESTER is returning for a fourth series.
But who is in the cast? And why has James Norton quit? Here’s the FULL lowdown…
Who is in the Grantchester cast?
James Norton as Reverend Sidney Chambers
James‘ character is a former Scots Guards officer turned Vicar with an intuitive approach to solving crime.
Unfortunately he will only be in the first episode of season four and then he’s off – for good (see below for why he quit).
James, 33, has seen his star soar over the last five years.
His career has gone from strength to strength since his TV breakthrough as creepy Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley.
Recently he took the lead in hit BBC show McMafia.
Robson Green as DI Keating
Robson plays a gruff World War II veteran with a more rough-round-the-edges policing style.
The actor shot to fame when he portrayed Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier (1991–95) and then Dr. Tony Hill in Wire in the Blood (2002–08).
There had been concerns that Robson would also quit Grantchester after James announced he would be leaving, but he has reassured fans he is staying for the forcible future.
Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport
Tom is set to make his first appearance in the first episode of series four.
He is replacing James as the new resident Vicar.
Hinting at what fans can expect from Will, Rom told the Radio Times: “There’s a dark past underneath that makes him that way. William has flaws and things he’s running away from.”
Tom is best known for playing Lieutenant Jeremy Foster in the first series of Outlander.
Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs Chapman
Tessa has played Sidney’s religious housekeeper since series one.
But before Grantchester the actress was best known for playing Del Boy Trotter’s wife Raquel in Only Fools and Horses.
After that show ended she has starred in many popular TV shows including Holby City, doctors and Midsommer Murders.
Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating
Kacey has been a series regular in Grantchester since it started.
But she is best known for playing the long-suffering Little Mo on EastEnders from 2000 until 2006.
This role saw her win the 2002 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and she twice won the British Soap Award for Best Actress (2002–03).
Her biggest storyline involved her abusive husband Trevor Morgan, played by Alex Ferns.
Kacey has also been a regular panellist on Loose Women since 2017.
Nick Brimble at Jack Chapman
Nick joined the cast in season one but became a series regular from series three.
His character went onto marry Sidney’s housekeeper.
He has been acting since the 70s, but his recent work includes Watership Down, The Halcyon and War & Peace.
Nick comes from the Brimble acting dynasty, with his twin siblings Ian Brimble and Vincent Brimble also actors.
His father Roy Brimble was also an actor.
Al Weaver as Leonard Finch
Al has been in the series since the very beginning as Sidney’s awkward protege.
Apart from his role in Grantchester, the 37-year-old from Bolton has also appeared in several TV shows and films.
His film credits include Doom (2005), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Marie Antoinette (2006).
More recently he is known for playing James Edwards in hit BBC show Press.
Why has James Norton quit Grantchester?
Unfortunately James has confirmed series four will be his last.
Opening up about why he decided to leave the show, he told the Radio Times: “It was a combination of things [why I chose to leave]. The Amanda storyline tying up the way it did with her and Sidney breaking up and him choosing the church in the third series felt like a natural conclusion to Sidney’s story. Then when the possibility of a fourth series came along, the decision was whether or not to start a whole new journey for Sidney.
“It felt like it would be better to hand over the baton to someone else and give Grantchester a fresh injection of energy.
“It’s been a privilege to play such a wonderful character, but I feel like there are other vicars, other conflicted souls to explore. So it’s time to introduce Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport.”
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When is Grantchester on TV?
The fourth series of Grantchester will premiere on ITV tonight (January 11, 2019).
You can catch it at 9pm.
If you miss it you can watch it on the ITV Hub, after it has aired.