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Grantchester: Tom Brittney's next project revealed after quitting ITV role

Series nine will be Tom Brittney's final outing as Will Davenport

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
Updated: 14 July 2023
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Grantchester star Tom Brittney recently announced that series nine of ITV programme will be his final outing as Reverend Will Davenport – but what is he up to next?

The actor, 32, who took over from James Norton as the leading star in 2019, is set to appear in a Hollywood movie full of big A-List names; Netflix's upcoming action-comedy movie, Back In Action.

WATCH: The cast of Grantchester play around on set in funny video

Tom confirmed the exciting news on his Instagram back in March when he shared a photo from the film studios. In the snap, the 32-year-old can be seen smiling for a selfie while standing in front of a sign that reads: "Netflix at Shepperton Studios". In the caption, he wrote: "That's a wrap," alongside the hashtag: "#backinaction."

The new movie boasts a star-studded cast, including Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, as well as Kyle Chandler, Glenn Close, Andrew Scott and Jamie Demetriou.

Why is Tom Brittney leaving Grantchester?

But it's bittersweet for fans because his focus on other projects means he will be stepping down from playing Will in the period drama. In a statement released by ITV this week, it was confirmed that season nine, which is currently in production, will be his last as he prepares to further his career and work on other projects.

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Tom Brittney and Robson Green in Grantchester
Tom Brittney and Robson Green in Grantchester

What has Tom Brittney said about leaving Grantchester?

Tom shared a statement about his exit from the ITV series. "I've had the most incredible time playing Will Davenport for the last five years," he began, adding: "I got to solve crimes with my best friend and work with the best cast and crew I could ever ask for.

"I'll miss it more than anything. But it's time for the baton to be passed, as it once was to me, and I'm so excited for Rishi to join the Grantchester family."

Tom Brittney as Rev. Will Davenport and Robson Green as DI Geordie Keating© Colin Hutton
Series nine will be Tom's final as Will Davenport

Who is replacing Tom Brittney in Grantchester?

Replacing Tom in the leading role to star alongside Robson Green's Geordie Keating is Rishi Nair. Rishi, 32, is perhaps best known for starring as Sami in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, but he's also had roles in titles such as ITV's Count Abdulla, Netflix's Treason and Whitstable Pearl.

The actor will playing the "charismatic new vicar", Alphy Kotteram. On joining the popular period drama, Rishi said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Grantchester. The welcome and support I've received from everyone has been overwhelming."

Rishi is taking over as the lead in Grantchester
Rishi is taking over as the lead in Grantchester

He added: "I'm really excited to get started and cannot wait for the Grantchester fans to meet Alphy and to see all that's in store for him."

Tom Brittney as Rev. Will Davenport and Robson Green as DI Geordie Keating
Tom Brittney as Rev. Will Davenport and Robson Green as DI Geordie Keating

What else has Tom Brittney starred in?

It seems Tom's acting career is on an upwards trajectory. In addition to his part in Grantchester, and his upcoming role in Back in Action, he's appeared in other movies such as Apple TV+ film Greyhound, which starred Tom Hanks, Netflix's Heartstrings, and BBC film Make Me Famous. We predict big things ahead for Tom!

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