Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling join Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft for London Spy

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Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling have been confirmed as starring alongside Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in BBC Two’s new espionage thriller, London Spy.

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

Filming on the five part drama series, created by author Tom Rob Smith, 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 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.

London Spy will air on BBC Two in 2015.

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