Leading Hollywood actor Cary Grant's relationship with his fourth wife Dyan Cannon is the focus of a new ITV drama series called Archie. The series, based on Cannon's biography 'Dear Cary' and their daughter Jennifer's memoir 'Good Stuff', delves into the complexities of the couple's relationship. Starring Jason Isaacs as Grant and Laura Aikman as Cannon, Archie combines scenes from Grant's troubled childhood with episodes from his glamorous life as a movie star. The four-part series offers viewers a glimpse into the couple's journey of love, fame, and eventual divorce.
The storyline traces the moment when Grant, aged 57 at the time, first set eyes on a 24-year-old Dyan Cannon in a pink gingham bikini, as he watched the TV series Malibu Run in his Palm Springs drawing room. Despite their age difference, Grant pursued Cannon for four years before she finally agreed to marry him. The tumultuous union resulted in the birth of their daughter Jennifer in 1966, but the marriage ultimately ended in a bitter divorce just two years later.
Laura Aikman, known for her role in Gavin and Stacey, portrays Dyan Cannon in the series, even though Cannon was a decade younger than her. Aikman underwent a meticulous transformation, including make-up techniques that made her skin look younger and costumes from the 1950s and 1960s. The costume designer, Annie Hardinge, sourced approximately 50 outfits for Aikman, capturing Cannon's iconic style during that era.
Playing alongside Aikman, Jason Isaacs portrays Cary Grant, a challenging role that required prosthetics and make-up in order to resemble the iconic actor. The cast spent hours in the make-up chair every morning, forging a bond during the transformation process.
The series Archie also delves into Grant's difficult upbringing in Bristol, England, which contrasted sharply with his luxurious lifestyle in America. Grant's journey from poverty to stardom adds depth to the show, shedding light on the man behind the Hollywood legend.
According to Aikman, Dyan Cannon has praised her performance in the series, emphasizing that Aikman captured her essence. Archie promises to offer a captivating glimpse into the whirlwind romance and tempestuous marriage between Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, shedding light on the complexities of love and fame.