James Norton says he's heartbroken to be saying goodbye to Sidney Chambers

Call the Midwife and Outlander actor Tom Brittney is taking over crime-solving clergyman duties from James Norton in the hit ITV series Grantchester.

James, who plays jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers, will make his final appearance during the fourth series.

And Tom will be joining the cast as Reverend Will Davenport, who will team up with Robson Green’s Geordie Keating.

Grantchester new line up

Tom Brittney as Will with Robson Green as Geordie and James Norton as Sidney

Tom, 27, said: “I am beyond excited. From the moment I heard about the role of Will Davenport, it was something I wanted more than anything. It’s a real honour to be joining such a wonderful series, with such a loyal fan base.”

James, who recently starred in the thriller McMafia, added: “As excited as I am to be filming a new series of Grantchester, it’s also heartbreaking to be saying goodbye to Sidney Chambers. I’ve loved this experience, and particularly working with such an extraordinary cast and crew. All the best to the fantastic Tom Brittney in his role as the new vicar. He is a wonderful addition to the Grantchester family.”

Will is billed as a “man of the people” but ITV added that as “Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.”

Series four of Grantchester is currently being filmed.