Tom Brittney made his debut as the new vicar in Grantchester last night.
The 27-year-old actor is replacing McMafia star James Norton, who will depart as Sidney Chambers in upcoming episodes.
Born in 1990 in Gravesend, Kent, Tom Brittney’s previous television roles include Lieutenant Jeremy Foster in Outlander, Tyler Mitchell in The Syndicate, Greg in Humans, and Jack Rawle in Call the Midwife.
He also appeared in last year’s period drama movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool., which starred Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.
His Grantchester character, Reverend Will Davenport, is described as “a man of the people, confident, caring and self-assured.”
The young, new parish priest “channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice.”
We’re told by ITV that Will is “is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him” and “as Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.”
Original Grantchester star James Norton has welcomed “the fantastic Tom Brittney,” saying he’ll be “a wonderful addition to the Grantchester family.”
Executive producer Diederick Santer calls him “a hugely likeable and talented actor” and “a great crime-solving partner for Geordie Keating.”
Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton has reached out to worried fans, reassuring them that “as much as I know you’ll miss James Norton, I promise that you’ll love Tom Brittney.”
She also hinted that Robson Green’s character Geordie will initially be “very skeptical” about the new vicar and fans can “watch him win him over.”
We can’t wait!
Based on James Runcie’s novels, the period drama series is set in the 1950s in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester and was first broadcast in 2014.
The fourth season of Grantchester is now airing in the UK at 9pm on Friday nights on ITV and will premiere on Masterpiece on PBS in the USA later this year.
The first three seasons of Grantchester are available on DVD on Amazon.