Sidney Chambers was the primary character on ITV’s hit present Grantchester — that’s, earlier than actor James Norton determined to depart the present after its fourth season. Followers had been unhappy to see the Anglican vicar/novice sleuth depart the village of Grantchester for good. And plenty of had been additionally questioning why the present opted to maneuver on from his story arc.
Why did James Norton determine to depart the present?
In an interview with Masterpiece, James gave very thorough causes as to why he determined to depart the present throughout its fourth season.
“It was a mixture of issues; the Amanda storyline tying up because it did together with her and Sidney breaking apart and him selecting the church within the third collection felt like a pure conclusion to Sidney’s story,” he stated.
“Then when the potential of a fourth collection got here alongside, the choice was whether or not or to not begin an entire new journey for Sidney,” James continued. “Relatively than try this it felt like it could be higher handy over the baton to another person and provides Grantchester a recent injection of power.”
James went on to say that there was solely a lot he may’ve carried out to proceed along with his character’s story. “Quite a lot of Grantchester has been seen by way of Sidney’s eyes and his conflicted soul, so you have got actually acquired to know him which is an excellent blessing for me, however there may be solely a lot you’ll be able to delve into his soul.”
James’ closing scenes on the present had been emotional for a lot of causes — an enormous one being the truth that he and co-star Robson Inexperienced grew to become such shut associates throughout their years filming the present collectively.
“I’ve a lot love and respect for that man,” James stated of Robson. “The connection Sidney and Geordie had was largely knowledgeable by that. And so when you have got two superb associates having a model of a goodbye, each Robson and James and Geordie and Sidney had been all on this huge emotional self-indulgent mess. It was very unhappy, however very straightforward to behave as a result of it felt very true to the fact of the state of affairs.”
In that very same interview, James talked about that he needed Sidney’s departure to be a grotesque one involving homicide and a brand new vicar arriving to resolve the thriller. As a substitute, the character introduces the brand new Reverend Will Davenport and the 2 remedy one closing thriller collectively.
“It’s been a privilege to play such an exquisite character, however I really feel like there are different vicars, different conflicted souls to discover,” he stated on the time. “So it’s time to introduce Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport.”
Who performs Will Davenport in ‘Grantchester’?
Born on October 26, 1990, Tom Brittney is the British actor who takes over Grantchester as Reverend Will Davenport. Tom was born in Gravesend, Kent, to creator Lynn Brittney. After spending his teen years in Devon, the place his mom taught drama, he moved to London to coach on the Royal Central College of Speech and Drama. Earlier than Grantchester, Tom was forged as a collection common on Outlander, the place he performed the position of Lieutenant Jeremy Foster.
In a January 2020 interview with Digital Spy, Tom stated he understood why followers had been upset with the Sidney Chambers’ sudden departure: “It is their world and alter is tough, and dropping James Norton was actually exhausting for individuals. However I do know the present would proceed as a result of once I was filming I believed ‘that is good’ and I checked out (Robson’s) response and it was good. I used to be actually honoured and flattered, and I can solely thank the writers for making the transition simpler than it may have been.”