Stephen Fry to star in Edinburgh-set art heist drama

Clarke raised the prospect of Stephen Fry`s Twitter being regulated. Picture: PA

Clarke raised the prospect of Stephen Fry`s Twitter being regulated. Picture: PA

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ACTOR and comedian Stephen Fry is to appear in a new adaptation of an Ian Rankin novel about an art heist in Edinburgh.

Doors Open also stars Scottish actor Dougie Henshall as Mike Mackenzie, a self-made businessman who hatches a plan to replace priceless masterpieces stored in a private gallery’s warehouse with brilliantly accurate forgeries.

Doors Open is adapted from Ian Rankin's novel

Doors Open is adapted from Ian Rankin's novel

Fry will play art expert Professor Gissing in the two-hour ITV production, which was adapted from Rankin’s best-selling novel by James Mavor and Sandi Toksvig.

Fry revealed he was attracted to the role after enjoying the novel from one of Scotland’s leading writers.

He said: “I picked up Ian Rankin’s breathless and ingenious thriller Doors Open at an airport a year or so back and as I read I just knew it would make a thrilling, charming and original TV drama.

“I also adored the character of Professor Gissing and a shamefully vain part of me refused to see anyone else in the role.”

Laura Mackie, director of drama at ITV said: “Doors Open is full of excitement with many twists and turns and it is as much of a love story as an art heist. We have an A-list cast lined up to bring Ian Rankin’s great characters to life.”

Filming will begin in Edinburgh later this month.

 

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