Hotel Portofino — ITVX release date, cast, plot, trailer and all you need to know

Natascha McElhone plays Bella Ainsworth in Hotel Portofino.
Natascha McElhone plays Bella Ainsworth in Hotel Portofino. (Image credit: ITV)

Hotel Portofino is a family drama set in the 1920s on the Italian Riviera and it's now available to watch on ITVX. It revolves around the daughter of a wealthy industrialist who heads to Italy to set up a quintessentially British Hotel in the stunning town of Portofino. 

Boasting a great cast and fabulous locations, Hotel Portofino is billed as a “family drama full of emotional highs and lows, with a classic ‘whodunit’ mystery woven throughout and building to a dramatic climax”.

Hotel Portofino will be shown PBS Masterpiece in the US and it will screen on ITV and BritBox in the UK. Filming took place in Portofino in Italy and along the Croatian coast.

Here’s everything we know about the series…

Hotel Portofino release date

Hotel Portofino launched last year on BritBox UK and is now available on ITVX. Plus it's also airing on Friday nights on ITV. Excitingly the whole series is now available to watch on ITVX.

In the US it aired on PBS Masterpiece.

Who stars in Hotel Portofino?

Natascha McElhone (Solaris, Halo the series) takes the lead as Bella Ainsworth, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist who swaps dreary 1920s Britain for setting up a hotel in glamorous Italy. Mark Umbers (Home Fires) plays her dangerously dashing aristocratic husband Cecil. Four Wedding and a Funeral actor Anna Chancellor plays the hotel’s most famous but most troublesome guest, Lady Latchmere. 

Other key cast members include Italian star Daniele Pecci (Orgoglio) as charismatic Count Carlo Albani, Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo) who plays his son, Roberto and rising star Rocco Fasano plays anti-fascist activist Gianluca Vitali.

What’s the plot of Hotel Portofino?

This sizzling drama follows British expat Bella Ainsworth (Natascha McElhone) in 1920s Italy as she opens up a high-end hotel in the idyllic resort of Portofino. She’s hoping for a fresh start for her war-ravaged family, but with her husband, Cecil, plotting to secure their future back in England by marrying off their son, cracks begin to appear in their shiny new life. Look out for American art dealer Jack Turner (Adam James) among the guests checking in this week, plus snooty dowager Lady Latchmere (Anna Chancellor).

Is there a trailer for Hotel Portofino?

Yes, there's a trailer for Hotel Portofino. It has echoes of The Durrells and Downton Abbey with the mystery element of The Madame Blanc Mysteries. It also looks stunning...

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