Prestigious cast join Channel 4's Chivalry, written by and starring Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan
C4 Press Release – 24 August 2021
A 6 x 30’ comedy drama from Baby Cow Productions.
Channel 4 today announces the ensemble cast and guest cameos joining its upcoming comedy drama, Chivalry. Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws, Blackish), Sienna Miller (The Loudest Voice, American Woman), Lolly Adefope (This Time with Alan Partridge, Shrill), Robert Lonsdale (Chewing Gum, Finding Alice) and Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black, Enterprice) star in the series, alongside guest cameos including Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself, Ant Man), Peter Mullan (Cursed, Mum) and Amy Landecker (Your Honor, Transparent). Chivalry is written by Sarah Solemani (Him and Her, Barry) and Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Philomena) and is produced by Baby Cow Productions. This timely series unabashedly explores the complex state of gender politics in the #MeToo era in the film and television industry.
Emmy award-winning Wanda Sykes stars as Jean Shrill, a shrewed studio executive. Jean arranges for Bobby Sohrabi (played by Sarah Solemani) a passionate indie-darling filmmaker, to take over as director of “A Little Death”, the problematic movie produced by Cameron O’Neill (played by Steve Coogan). Cameron must navigate remaining relevant at a time when cancel-culture is all too real and is surprised when spending time with Bobby awakens a creative side of himself, he thought had long-since passed. What will Jean do to keep her empire intact, and what will Bobby do to build one?
Sienna Miller plays Lark, the magnetic and dynamic leading actress of Cameron’s movie. She’s a fighter and no stranger to The Hollywood Boys’ Club.
Lolly Adefope plays Ama, Cameron’s new assistant who’s eager to quickly climb the ladder of success. Robert Lonsdale joins playing Rick, the editor of “A Little Death” who aims to keep the film on track while often caught in the crossfire of Bobby and Cameron’s creative sparring.
Adjani Salmon is Aston, Bobby’s patient, and generous husband. Down on his luck from a failed start-up, Aston agrees to move to the tech-Mecca California with Bobby, hopeful to reinvent his career while Bobby strikes while the iron’s hot in hers.
Chivalry is a fresh new look on gender politics and romance, and asks the question: can one build and sustain a successful, relevant career in Hollywood without sacrificing authenticity? Chivalry grants the audience permission to laugh while asking complex questions that we as a society often find hard to discuss.
Chivalry has been commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick, and overseen by Commissioning Editor, Gwawr Lloyd. Marta Cunningham (Insecure, Fear the Walking Dead, Modern Love) directs, Isabel Richardson (Russian Doll, Living with Yourself) will produce and the executive producers are Steve Coogan, Sarah Solemani, Marta Cunningham, Sarah Monteith (This Time with Alan Partridge) and Rupert Majendie (This Time with Alan Partridge, Pls Like).
Chivalry is produced by Baby Cow Productions, a BBC Studios invested indie with US production services provided by Jax Media.