Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling join ‘London Spy’

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Two of Britain’s finest actors Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling OBE, confirmed to join Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in BBC Two’s new espionage thriller, London Spy.

London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Whishaw plays Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, who falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex (played by Holcroft). Just as the two of them realise that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.

Filming on the five part drama series, created by acclaimed author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44), started this week in London and sees the Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent confirmed to star alongside British actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, whose recent role in the BBC’s Restless in 2012 saw her receive an Emmy Award nomination.

Alongside Ben Whishaw, confirmed last month in the lead role, will be newcomer Edward Holcroft. He will be seen on screens soon in the upcoming BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall.

London Spy is directed by Jakob Verbruggen whose credits include the hugely successful first series of The Fall, plus episodes of the US The Bridge.

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