First Look at Sir Michael Gambon as Prime Minister Winston Churchill

As we previously reported in our weekly Casting News, Sir Michael Gambon will be starring as Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the upcoming TV movie Churchill’s Secret. The drama is set in the summer of 1953, when Churchill suffered a stroke while in office – a fact that was hidden from the public.

Based on the book The Churchill Secret: KBO by Jonathan Smith, the story is told from the perspective of Churchill’s nurse, who guides him back to health while his political foes plot to replace him and tensions rise within his family.

Gambon makes a pretty convincing Churchill in the new promotional photos below:

The drama also stars Romola Garai (The Hour), Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey), Tara Fitzgerald (Jane Eyre), Bill Paterson (Little Dorrit), and Matthew Macfadyen (Any Human Heart).

Churchill’s Secret will air in the UK on ITV on February 28 at 8:00 p.m. It will be shown in the US on PBS this fall.

  • Hannah Abbott

    Well, let’s hope he plays Churchill more realistic than he did Dumbledore or this will be a comedy with one of the Marx brothers being the prime minister of England. . . .