A new four-part drama titled Archie is coming to ITV this November.

Archie narrates the story of a young Archibald Alexander Leach (also known as Cary Grant) who was born in Bristol in 1904 to parents Elsie and Elias.

It shares his troubled childhood and how extreme poverty, his father’s adultery and the loss of his older brother, John, tore the family apart and sent his loving mother into a downward spiral of grief and depression.

ITV viewers will see how deceit, cruelty and one, overpowering lie shaped Archie’s life.

The drama intercuts with scenes from 1961 when at the height of his fame, living in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, the Hollywood actor was breaking all box office records but was desperately unhappy in his private life. 

Full cast list for new ITV drama Archie

  • Jason Isaacs as Cary Grant
  • Laura Aikman as Dyan Cannon (Cary’s ex-wife, actress and filmmaker)
  • Harriet Walter as Elsie Leach (Cary’s mother)
  • Dainton Anderson, Calam Lynch and Oaklee Pendergast as young versions of Archie Leach
  • Kara Tointon as young Elsie

How to watch Archie

Archie is a new drama coming to ITVX.

The full series will be available to watch on ITVX from Thursday, November 23.