Grantchester's James Norton
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of May 25, 2020
If you missed it the first time round, you can catch one of James Norton’s last appearances in Grantchester on Masterpiece, Sunday, May 31st. We’ll be airing the first episode of season 4 at 9pm.
Norton is currently the front runner to take over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. In fact, he’s such a favorite that it was reported last month that bookmaker Ladbrokes had suspended betting on his being the next 007. An announcement is expected sometime this summer.
Although Norton became known for his television roles in Grantchester and Happy Valley, lately he’s been working a lot more in film. He had a smallish role in last year’s Little Women, where he played John Brooke, the tutor of Laurie and eventual husband of Meg March. He also took the title role in Mr. Jones, a true story of the Welsh journalist who broke the news of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. The film had its U.K. premier in early February and was due to be released here in the U.S. a month ago, but the release date has been pushed out to June 19th.
This year, Norton can also be seen on Netflix in the horror thriller film Things Heard and Seen. In it, Norton’s character and his wife, played by Amand Siegfriend, discover the farm that they’ve bought in upstate New York is haunted.
Since hanging up his dog collar, Norton has also done a couple of television series. The Trial of Christine Keeler is about the woman who found herself at the heart of a political sex scandal that rocked British government in the 1960s. In it, Norton plays Steven Ward, one of the central figures in the case.
Next year, Norton can be seen in the HBO science fiction drama, The Nevers. Written by Joss Whedon, who wrote the superhero film The Avengers, the series follows a group of Victorian women with unusual abilities. Some of the scenes in the series were filmed at Historic Dockyard Chatham, a site which was also regularly used in Call the Midwife.
So lots going on for James Norton. Drop me a line and let me know what you think about the actor’s suitability for the 007 role.
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