Stay Close on Netflix: When is Harlan Coben's thriller released? Who is in the cast? All you need to know

All you need to know about the next Harlan Coben TV series following hit series The Stranger and Safe and starring James Nesbitt, Cush Jumbo and Richard Armitage.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 4 February 2021 - 2.23pm
Red/Netflix James Nesbitt in Stay Close

If you found yourself addicted to Netflix series The Stranger and Safe, we’ve got some good news for you. The next drama series adaptation from writer Harlan Coben is on the way.

Red Production, Nicola Shindler, Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst and Richard Fee – the same team behind The Stranger and Safe – have brought together an incredible cast for their next series, Stay Close.

Filming will take place in and around Manchester and the North West of England in the Spring and fans can expect a classic British thriller.

Here is everything you need to know about the series…

What is Stay Close about?

Stay Close author Harlan Coben Red/Netflix
Stay Close author Harlan Coben

With trademark thrills, gripping suspense, and a crime to solve, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone. 

Three people living comfortable lives each conceal dark secrets that even the closest to them would never suspect. Megan is a working mother of three; Ray, the once promising documentary photographer, is stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids; and Broome is a detective who’s unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case.

Lorraine, an old friend from Megan's past, delivers some shocking news which will impact on all three characters.

As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?

Writer Harlan Coben said: “I am so happy and excited to Stay Close (pun intended) with Danny Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee — the same team that made The Stranger, Safe and The Five.  

“And talk about a dream-come-true cast – Cush Jumbo, an incendiary and awesome talent; Jimmy Nesbitt, a legendary actor I always wanted to collaborate with; and wow, Richard Armitage back again!  Netflix has been a wonderful home, and from what I’ve seen so far, Stay Close will be our most gripping and binge-able series yet.”  

Who is in the cast?

Cush Jumbo poses for Stay Close on Netflix Red/Netflix
Cush Jumbo, who plays Megan in Stay Close

Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Deadwater Fell), James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, The Missing) and Richard Armitage (The Stranger, The Hobbit, Hannibal) are confirmed in the three lead roles of Megan, Ray and Broome.

Sarah Parish (Bancroft, Medici) is also joining the series as Lorraine.

Cush Jumbo said: “I’m so excited to work alongside Netflix, Nicola and the whole team on Stay Close. Can’t wait to get my teeth into such a brilliant British thriller.”

James Nesbitt added: “I’m thrilled to be part of such a great production. The scripts drew me in from the get-go and I am looking forward to starting filming.”

Richard Armitage poses for Stay Close on Netflix Red/Netflix
Richard Armitage, who plays Broome

Richard Armitage said: “I can’t wait to return to Manchester to work with Nicola, Danny, Harlan and the team again. I love Harlan’s style and this plot and character will be brilliantly challenging. At a time when we have remained apart; Stay Close promises to break all the rules.”

Eddie Izzard, Jo Joyner (Ackley Bridge, Ordinary Lies), Daniel Francis (Small Axe, Once Upon A Time), comedian Andi Osho (Line of Duty), Bethany Antonia (Get Even) Rachel Andrews (Butcher Boy), and Poppy Gilbert (The Pale Horse, Call the Midwife) are also in the cast.

Izzard takes on the role of Harry - a small-town lawyer and defender of the disenfranchised residents of Livingstone - who has been like a father figure to Megan over the years.

Jo Joyner is Erin Cartwright, a quick-witted and highly observant police detective, and Broome’s ex-wife. Daniel Francis will play Dave Shaw, a doting father to his three children and engaged to Megan.

Andi Osho is cast as Simona, a retired ex-army sergeant who’s now pregnant with her first child. Bethany Antonia plays Megan and Dave’s eldest daughter Kayleigh Shaw and Rachel Andrews is Bea, Kayleigh’s best friend. They are each other’s greatest ally, co-conspirator and support mechanism. 

Also joining the cast is seemingly sweet young couple Barbie and Ken, played by Poppy Gilbert and Hyoie O’Grady.

Watch Stay Close if you loved…

Richard Armitage in The Stranger on Netflix Red/Netflix
The Stranger - Watch now on Netflix

Previous Harlan Coben adaptations on Netflix The Stranger and Safe, or the Sky One adaptation The Five.

When is Stay Close released?

A release date for Stay Close has not been confirmed.

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