First pictures show Hollyoaks hunk Rishi Nair in new Grantchester role

The London-born actor, 32, is the latest dashing clergyman to lead the congregation, while also operating a sideline in sleuthing.

Rishi, who plays Reverend Alphy Kotteram, takes over from Tom Brittney who is stepping down from his role as William Davenport in season nine, currently being filmed. Tom, 32, took over from James Norton in 2019.

Rishi was spotted filming his first scenes in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, alongside Robson Green, 58, who plays Insp Geordie Keating in the 1950s detective show.

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Rishi, who played lawyer Sami Maalik in the Channel 4 soap for four years, was seen smiling and joking as he mingled with crew.

He made a grand entrance as he drove an open-top red Triumph Herald into the village.

He told fans on social media: “Over the moon to be the new lead in the iconic British drama Grantchester, alongside the immensely talented Robson Green. The welcome and support I’ve received has been overwhelming.

“I’m really excited to get started and cannot wait for Grantchester fans to meet Alphy and see all that’s in store for him.”

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Meanwhile Robson, who has appeared since the first series back in 2014, reassured fans he is not ready to quit yet. He said: “It’s a happy place. There’s been so many jobs in my career where I have just clock watched, calendar watched, but not with Grantchester.

“It’s a wonderful working environment and there is no negative energy on set.”

The series is based on James Runcie’s short stories The Grantchester Mysteries, featuring clergyman detective Canon Sidney Chambers.

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