Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling join Ben Whishaw in BBC drama London Spy

Casting is now complete on BBC2’s new espionage thriller, which will also star newcomer Edward Holcroft

Oscar winner Jim Broadbent is to star in BBC2’s new thriller London Spy.


Broadbent, who won a 2002 best supporting actor statuette for his role as Iris Murdoch’s husband John Bayley in the film Iris, will play Scottie, a confidant of the main character Danny, a hedonistic romantic played by Whishaw.

Danny falls romantically for Alex, played by newcomer Edward Holcroft. Alex’s mysterious disappearance forces the ill-equipped Danny to take on the murky world of British espionage to find out what happened to him.

Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling, who is due to appear in the next series of Broadchurch, will play Frances, “a figure from deep within the traditions of British espionage” according to the BBC.

Filming on the five-part drama series, created by author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44), started this week and it is scheduled to air next year.

Produced by Working Title Television, London Spy is directed by Jakob Verbruggen whose credits include the first series of The Fall, plus episodes of the US version of The Bridge.     

Creator and writer Tom Rob Smith said: “London Spy has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. I couldn’t be more excited, or proud.” 


Juliette Howell, Head of Television at Working Title, added: “Working Title couldn’t be more proud to be producing this captivating drama. Incredible scripts, a hugely gifted director and a world-class cast; London Spy exudes quality through and through.”