If people saw me through a keyhole, as my life really is, they’d go: ‘Oh!’ The risk is that you start to read this stuff about yourself and engage with it and believe it. Help us build our profile of James Norton! “I wanted Sidney to be the victim of a gruesome murder and then the new vicar would have to investigate the crime.”“I’m so happy the writer handled it in that way,” Brittney said. “My love life right now is infinitely less interesting than that of any of my characters" Since then, Norton’s star has been on the rise. I’d write all these weird little plays and force all my friends to act in them, when they probably just wanted to play football. James Norton as Sidney Chambers in Grantchester | Courtesy of Kudos and MASTERPIECE. Then, I think, you’re really in trouble.”Born in London but raised in rural North Yorkshire, he’s the son of two teachers, Hugh and Lavinia, with a sister who does “a proper job” as a doctor. In Bafta-winning Happy Valley, where he plays a sociopathEddie Redmayne's status as an Old Etonian overshadows news of his achievements in the press, Norton says"I became a bit religious," Norton says of his time at AmpleforthGranchester is based on the mystery novel series of the same name The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes “People really love James Norton. He’s just a very normal, very sympathetic young man who most people can identify with.”For research, Norton read the latter’s autobiography, “My love life right now is infinitely less interesting that that of any of my characters,” he says, but in time is looking forward marriage and fatherhood.”I definitely want that, because my sister and I were raised in a really close family and my parents are still very much in love and living in Yorkshire. James Norton is a member of the following lists: 1985 births, People from London and Alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.. It’s the character.“Prince Andrei, for example, was set up to be a romantic hero, but that’s not who I am. In real life, you’re just so bland and normal-looking…’”In the flesh, Norton is tall, blond and every bit as handsome as muscle-chested Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in the BBC adaptation of War & Peace – or, indeed, Reverend Sidney Chambers, the pushbike-riding 1950s cleric with a complicated love life, whom he plays in So how did he get into shape for what has already been compared to a ‘Poldark-scything-in-the- fields’ moment?“Well, you can’t show up with a beer belly,” he says, with a laugh, “but you can’t be in incredible gym condition either – that’s just going to look ridiculous. Hopefully, we’ve struck the right balance.”“From a personal point of view, when people go on about the way that you look or how attractive you are what they’re seeing isn’t really you. He played violent rapist Tommy Lee Royce in the BBC drama With more opportunities beckoning — there are even rumors he could be “It was a combination of things [why I chose to leave],” “It felt like it would be better to hand over the baton to someone else and give Grantchester a fresh injection of energy,” he added.Fans will have to tune in to see exactly what makes Sidney Chambers decide to leave Grantchester for good. After all, he’s a former public school boy himself who went to Rada via Cambridge, where he gained a first in theology – handy for his role as Sidney Chambers, but not so much as Royce.“Mostly producers worry about casting against type,” he says. “They want the character to walk through the door because that makes everyone’s life easier. One thing we do know is that producers didn’t take Norton’s suggestion that his character should be killed off. So it’s pretty wonderful that they were willing to take a risk with me and, hopefully, I’ve shown that the way you look or sound, or the class that you’re from, doesn’t limit you to a certain kind of role.”His own school days at Ampleforth, the Catholic College famously presided over by Benedictine monks, were not, he says, the happiest. Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. But, amazingly, everyone has always been incredibly supportive.

Then she said: ‘Honestly, James, I just can’t understand why you look so good on the telly. "When people go on about the way that you look...what they’re seeing isn’t really you" “I had a couple of light-hearted conversations with some of the producers offering my dramatic, absurd, farfetched versions of his exit,” he told Radio Times. To watch The Telegraph's latest video content please visit Contribute. Blame the fact that, although he may have an impressive physique now, he was a puny, late developer.“Teenage years are tricky for everyone, but when you’re 15 and it’s an all-boys boarding school, as it was then, and you go through puberty late, it makes a huge difference.“You’re a little boy in a testosterone-fuelled world – and, in my case, one who was into arts and music when everyone else was into rugby.
“In the new series, Royce is in prison awaiting trial for rape and abduction.

He’s not a comic device or a villain. That’s the kind of end game that I would love, too.”We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism.We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. You don’t want it to be: ‘OK, today the guy you love is gone, so get used to this new guy.’ That could have gone badly.” W hen you’re as naturally good-looking as James Norton, you get used to strangers staring at you.When members of your family do it, it can be unnerving – rude, even. He’s shaven-headed, tattooed, physically pumped up, with a malevolent energy that seems to make the very bars at his window crackle.Given Norton’s posh credentials it’s a wonder, he says, that he was ever cast in the role of this consummate, working class thug.

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