Stay Close release date: Essential guide to new Harlan Coben Netflix series

Richard Armitage and Cush Jumbo star in this dark series about secrets and lies.

Richard Armitage

The team behind Netflix thriller The Stranger, starring Richard Armitage, are reuniting for upcoming crime drama Stay Close.


Based on New Jersey writer Harlan Coben’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same title, the new thriller goes into production this Spring, and poses the question of how much you can ever really know someone.

Once again starring Armitage in a lead role and featuring the likes of Deadwater Fell’s Cush Jumbo, Sarah Parish, and James Nesbitt, the eight-part series follows three people whose dark secrets resurface.

Read on for everything you need to know about Stay Close.

When is Stay Close on Netflix?

It’s not year clear when Stay Close is scheduled to premiere on Netflix. However, we know that a COVID-safe table read took place in early February 2021.

The series goes into production in Spring 2021, so we might expect the series to air later in the year or at the start of 2022.

What is Stay Close about?

The thriller follows three people living comfortable (yet not entirely satisfactory) lives, and who are all concealing dark secrets.

The three individuals are Megan, a working mum of three; Ray, a failed documentary photographer; and Broome, a detective haunted by a missing person’s cold case.

However, when Megan’s old friend Lorraine impacts some shocking news, all three characters’ lives will be impacted, as secrets return to haunt them.

The series is created by Nicola Shindler, Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst, Richard Fee and Netflix, the same team behind smash hit The Stranger, Safe, and The Five.

Armitage said: “I can’t wait to return to Manchester to work with Nicola, Danny, Harlan and the team again. I love Harlan’s style and this plot and character will be brilliantly challenging. At a time when we have remained apart, Stay Close promises to break all the rules.”

Author Harlan Coben said: “I am so happy and excited to Stay Close (pun intended) with Danny Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee — the same team that made The Stranger, Safe and The Five. And talk about a dream-come-true cast – Cush Jumbo, an incendiary and awesome talent; Jimmy Nesbitt, a legendary actor I always wanted to collaborate with; and wow, Richard Armitage back again!”

Who stars in Stay Close?

Cush Jumbo
Cush Jumbo

The all-star cast includes lead actors Cush Jumbo as Megan; Richard Armitage as Ray; and James Nesbitt as Broome.

Also starring are Industry’s Sarah Parish as Lorraine, in addition to new castings announced in February 2021. These include Eddie Izzard as Harry, a small-town lawyer; Small Axe’s Daniel Francis as Megan’s partner and Bethany Antonia as the couple’s eldest child; and Andi Osho as Simona.

Additionally the series includes a “seemingly sweet young couple,” with Poppy Gilbert as Barbie and Hyoie O’Grady as Ken.

Is there a trailer for Stay Close?

There’s no trailer yet for Stay Close, but we’ll keep this page updated with any new information, clips, or trailers.


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