John Hurt is to reprise his acclaimed role as Quentin Crisp for a new ITV1 drama dealing with Crisp’s life in the US. An Englishman in New York will also star Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon and picks up where the 1970’s classic The Naked Civil Servant left off.
Setting off on the journey of a lifetime to the Big Apple, the out-spoken Crisp is immediately embraced by New Yorkers and before long is being wined and dined by celebrities in every corner of the city.
Also joining the cast is up and coming American actor Jonathan Tucker (Veronica Must Die, The Black Donnellys,) who stars as Patrick Angus, the young artist who befriended the English eccentric, Denis O’Hare (Brother’s and Sisters, Charlie Wilson’s War, Michael Clayton) as magazine editor, Phillip Steele and Pushing Daisies’ Swoozie Kurtz, as Crisp’s American agent, Connie Clausen.
Laura Mackie, Director of Drama at ITV, said: “We are delighted to be making another film about Quentin Crisp given The Naked Civil Servant was such a landmark film for ITV. It’s a real thrill and honour to be bringing an actor of John Hurt’s stature back to the channel to reprise such an iconic role. This is largely down to the quality of Brian Fillis’ wonderful script, which completely captures the extraordinary and outrageous character of Quentin Crisp.”