Meet the cast of Archie on ITV
Jason Isaacs leads the cast as Cary Grant, who was born Archibald Alexander Leach.
If you're a fan of Hollywood glamour and classic films, the chances are that Cary Grant is one of the iconic actors that instantly springs to mind when thinking of some of the most talked-about movies of the 20th century.
Born in Bristol, England, in 1904, Grant went on to become one of the most well-known actors and broke box office records throughout the '50s and '60s. But, actually, Grant was merely a name that he had been pushed to adopt when the actor moved to America.
In reality, Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach, and the life that not many know about is set to be explored in upcoming ITVX drama, Archie.
While Grant was known to many fans as an unflappable 'ladies' man' and unlucky in love, in actuality, the actor suffered a traumatic childhood and was lied to by his father in a majorly cruel way.
The series not only depicts Grant's early life, but it also explores his pursuing of Dyan Cannon, which eventually led to their wedding in 1965.
Leading the cast as Grant is Jason Isaacs, but who else stars in the new four-part drama? Well, read on for everything you need to know.
Archie cast: Full list of actors and characters in ITVX drama
- Jason Isaacs as Cary Grant
- Laura Aikman as Dyan Cannon
- Kara Tointon as younger Elsie Leach
- Harriet Walter as Elsie Leach
- Calam Lynch as young adult Archie Leach
- Oaklee Pendergast as teenage Archie Leach
- Dainton Anderson as child Archie Leach
- Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Elias
- Ian Puleston-Davies as Pender
- Jason Watkins as Stanley Fox
- Christian Lees as George Burns
- Ainy Medina as Rose
- Peter Ellis as older Elias
- Samantha Colley as Barbara Harris
- Olivia Brody as young Jennifer Grant
- Ellie MacDowall as Jennifer Grant
- Ian McNeice
- Lisa Faulkner
- Niamh Cusack
Jason Isaacs plays Cary Grant
Who is Cary Grant? Grant was a real-life well-known Hollywood actor, but was born and grew up in Bristol, England, as Archie Leach. He had a tumultuous childhood but dreamed of a life of fame, and became best known for his roles in films like Bringing Up Baby, North by Northwest and Charade.
In Archie, we follow him throughout his childhood and at his height of fame through to his relationship with Dyan and the eventual birth of his daughter, Jennifer.
Where have I seen Jason Isaacs before? Isaacs is no stranger to the big screen, having starred as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but is also known for his work on the small screen in shows like Case Histories, Brotherhood, The OA and Good Sam, to name a few.
Laura Aikman plays Dyan Cannon
Who is Dyan Cannon? Thirty-three years younger than Grant and dreaming of an acting career of her own, Grant pursued Cannon even though she initially didn't fall for his charms. Cannon made her TV debut in 1958 and is known for her roles in Ally McBeal and Such Good Friends.
She was married to Grant for three years and published her memoir, Dear Cary, in 2011 with Cannon now serving as executive producer on Archie.
Kara Tointon plays younger Elsie Leach
Who is Elsie Leach? Elsie was Grant's mother, and after the death of her other son and Grant's older brother, John, she struggled with grief and depression. She was sent to live in a mental health institution by her husband, Elias, but Grant was told a starkly different story about her departure.
Where have I seen Kara Tointon before? Perhaps best known for her role as Dawn Swann in Eastenders, Tointon also won the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing. She has starred in The Sweeney, Mr Selfridge, The Halcyon and Father Brown, too.
Harriet Walter plays Elsie Leach
Where have I seen Harriet Walter before? Walter stars as the older version of Grant's mother when the pair are reunited decades later. Walter is known for her roles in Downton Abbey, Killing Eve, Succession, Ted Lasso, Law & Order: UK and Silo.
Calam Lynch plays young adult Archie Leach
Who is Archie Leach? Throughout the series, we get a window into Cary Grant's early years as a child, teenager and young adult who is struggling to make it in America. Born Archibald Alexander Leach, he was known as Archie, but was told to change his name by a movie studio after signing a major contract with them. Thus, Cary Grant was eventually born.
Where have I seen Calam Lynch before? Lynch is perhaps best known for his role as Theo Sharpe in Bridgerton season 2, but has also appeared in Dunkirk, Derry Girls and Benediction. He is set to star in a recurring role in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Oaklee Pendergast plays teenage Archie Leach
Where have I seen Oaklee Pendergast before? Starring as the teenage version of Archie, Pendergast's role focuses on his teenage years as he joined the Bob Pender Troupe and stayed in the US. Pendergast is best known for his roles in The Impossible, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death and Home. He is also set to star in Apple TV+'s Masters of the Air.
Dainton Anderson plays child Archie Leach
Where have I seen Dainton Anderson before? Starring as the child version of Archie who lives through a traumatic childhood, Anderson is a child actor who made his debut in Sky's Patrick Melrose as Benedict Cumberbatch's on-screen son, Thomas. He has also appeared in This Country and ITV's Stonehouse.
Henry Lloyd-Hughes plays Elias
Who is Elias? Elias is Archie's father, who sends Elsie to a mental health institution against her will and tells Archie that she has died. After the death of their oldest son, Elias re-married and started a new family without Archie.
Where have I seen Henry Lloyd-Hughes before? Lloyd-Hughes is best known for his roles in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Inbetweeners, Madame Bovary, Killing Eve and Ragdoll.
Ian Puleston-Davies plays Pender
Who is Pender? Pender is the leader of the Pender Troupe that Archie auditions for and travels to America with. Like a father figure, Pender gives Archie a chance despite him not having any stage experience.
Where have I seen Ian Puleston-Davies before? Puleston-Davies is best known for his role as Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street, having starred in the soap from 2010 to 2015. More recently, he's featured in ITV's The Bay, DI Ray, The Teacher and Anne.
Jason Watkins plays Stanley Fox
Who is Stanley Fox? Fox was Grant's long-time friend and lawyer, who helped the actor navigate contracts and various deals.
Where have I seen Jason Watkins before? Watkins has starred in various shows over the years, including The Crown as prime minister Harold Wilson, Detective Sergeant Dodds in McDonald & Dodds, Winston Churchill in SAS: Rogue Heroes and as a lead character in Channel 5's The Catch.
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