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The Man Who Became Cary Grant

He was one of the twentieth century’s most iconic figures, who touched the world with his charm, wit and grace. Yet, few truly knew him. Jason Isaacs stars as Archie Leach, who would go on to become Hollywood’s greatest leading man, in this remarkable, little-known story from BAFTA-winner Jeff Pope.

“Jason Isaacs is every bit as smooth as Cary Grant”


Meet the Cast of Archie

Jason Isaacs as CARY GRANT

Cary Grant, one of the most iconic leading men of Hollywood’s Golden Age, was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England. At a young age, “Archie” joined a stage troupe that brought him to New York and eventually to Hollywood, where, as Cary Grant, he became one of the most famous men in the world.

Harriet Walter as

Laura Aikman as DYAN CANNON

Elsie Leach was the mother of Archibald Leach. Archie was only eleven years old when his mother mysteriously disappeared from his life; he later learned that she had been institutionalized. He arranged for her release and attempted to rekindle their relationship while caring for her for the rest of her life.

Dyan Cannon is an Academy Award-nominated actress, producer, and director, most famous for her roles in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Heaven Can Wait. She was married to Cary Grant for three years, during which time they had one daughter, actress Jennifer Grant.

Jason Watkins as STANLEY FOX


Stanley Fox was a longtime friend, attorney, manager, and spokesman for Cary Grant. Fox oversaw the details of Grant’s business affairs, helping the actor navigate contracts and various deals. The two remained close until Grant’s death in 1986.

Alfred Hitchcock is widely regarded as one of the most influential directors and writers in film history. Dubbed the “Master of Suspense,” many of his most famous films were crime thrillers that shocked and captivated audiences worldwide. Hitchcock directed his fellow expatriate Cary Grant in four films, most notably North By Northwest.

Lily Travers as

Stella Stocker as AUDREY HEPBURN

Grace Kelly was an Academy Award-winning actress and film star of the 1950’s. She appeared alongside Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She later retired from acting to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco and spent the rest of her life devoted to her duties as princess.

Audrey Hepburn was a star of stage and screen, fashion icon, and acclaimed humanitarian. Highly decorated both on and off screen, Hepburn is perhaps best associated with her graceful and enchanting performances in romantic comedies. She starred opposite Cary Grant in the 1963 comic thriller Charade.

Alexandra Guelff as DORIS DAY

Lolly Jones as

Doris Day was an actress and singer who became one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1950s. Achieving initial fame as a big-band singer, Day later transitioned to musical films and became an acclaimed film actress. She starred alongside Cary Grant in the 1962 comedy That Touch of Mink.

Mae West was an actress, singer, writer, and sex symbol whose career on stage and screen spanned over seventy years. Her risqué style and sense of humor made her a controversial but highly appealing superstar. She claimed to have discovered a young Cary Grant, with whom she starred in two films.

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