Chivalry: who is in cast of Channel 4 TV series with Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani, and where was it filmed?

The first episode of the series aired on 21 April

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Manchester born actor Steve Coogan, star of ‘Stan & Ollie’ and the man behind iconic comedy character Alan Partridge, is back on our screens with a role in Channel 4’s new comedy/drama ‘Chivalry’.

Coogan has teamed up with Sarah Solemani (Him and Her, Barry) to write and star in this timely comedy-drama.

With the show already airing, here is all you need to know about it, including who is starring alongside Coogan and Solemani.

A warning - this piece may include spoilers.

Who else is in Chivalry?

Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani are joined on screen by a wide selection of some of the biggest and most familiar names in the industry.

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)

Sarah Solemani wrote and stars in ChivalrySarah Solemani wrote and stars in Chivalry
Sarah Solemani wrote and stars in Chivalry

What is Chivalry about?

According to Channel 4, who commissioned the show, 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.”

Coogan plays Cameron, a successful film producer and ‘ladies man’ and Solemani as Bobby, a passionate indie-darling filmmaker.

Joining Coogan and Solemani are an ensemble cast including Emmy award-winning Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws, Blackish) as astute studio executive Jean Shrill, Sienna Miller (The Loudest Voice, American Woman) as Cameron’s leading lady, Lark, Lolly Adefope (Ghosts, Shrill) as Ama, Cameron’s latest assistant, Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living With Yourself) as intimacy coordinator, Tatiana, and Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black, Enterprice) as Bobby’s devoted and patient husband, Aston.

A spokesperson for Channel 4 added: “Chivalry explores the truths and the myths behind these characters, their judgements of each other and their assumptions of themselves, seeking to break down and explore classic stereotypes.

“Chivalry grants the audience permission to laugh while asking complex questions that as a society, we often find hard to discuss.”

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Wanda Sykes

Where is Chivalry filmed?

The show was filmed in locations in both Hollywood and London, with the majority being filmed on site in Hollywood.

On filming in Hollywood, Sarah Solemani said: “We filmed at iconic locations, the Universal lots, at the Bates Motel, Boyle Heights, and with Ron Finley, the gangster gardener, who works with former gang members. It’s not just glitzy, palm tree Hollywood, but some of the shadier areas, as well.”

What have Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani said about the show?

Sarah Solemani spoke about what it’s like to write with Steve Coogan.

She said: “My joke with him is that he brings a lot to the table but sadly not a pen or a laptop. We talk and then I write.

“And then he reads and we talk and he’ll pitch ideas and give notes. And then I’ll restructure it and work out the story.

“We wrote the whole thing on Zoom during Covid. He’s very much an actor who can write and I think I’m a writer who can act.”

Steve Coogan spoke to Channel 4 about what sets Chivalry apart from other TV shows.

In response to this, Coogan said: “A lot of other things have been very much on message and although some of them have been quite interesting, to my mind, they lack nuance.

“They are politically risk averse so they illustrate legitimately why Me Too came about by showing examples of abuse of power or patriarchal manipulation and they reinforce the Me Too message but that moment has happened, so what next?

“There was a time when men had to shut up and listen and that is entirely legitimate but when that’s happened, you go, ‘ok, now let’s have a conversation.’

“There’s some feeling that to have a conversation is somehow a concession and it’s not, it’s a way of moving things forward.”