Harry Styles heads up the cast of My Policeman, playing gay police officer Tom Burgess alongside The Crown star Emma Corrin as his wife, Marion.
My Policeman, which will be shown on Amazon Prime Video and is directed by Red's Michael Grandage, tells the story of PC Tom Burgess, who struggles to hide his sexuality in the 1950s. He meets his future wife Marion on Brighton beach, where they go for a paddle. They end up marrying due to societal expectations. Tom, however, falls for museum curator Patrick Hazelwood and the pair have a decades-long affair, which turns their lives upside down.
Set in a time when homosexuality was illegal in Britain, Tom knows it would be safer for him to stay in a relationship with Marion than to be with Patrick. However, when it becomes clear to Marion that Tom really does want to be with Patrick, it sparks a devastating chain of events.
Here’s everything we know so far about My Policeman before it arrives in 2022….
My Policeman release date
Harry Styles hasn't finished filming and post production on My Policemen yet, so the movie isn’t expected to be released on Amazon Prime until 2022 at the earliest. That means it’ll be a while before we get to see the on-screen chemistry between the lovelorn trio.
My Policeman cast — Harry Styles as Tom Burgess
Singer Harry Styles is playing gay policeman Tom Burgess who leads a secret double life in 1950s' Britain. Recently Pink News spoke to a movie insider who revealed that Harry Styles was 'really excited about the challenge' of portraying a gay man in the 1950s when homosexuality was still illegal in England.
The insider revealed that Harry shoots two sex scenes with co-star David Dawson, and there's also a scene where he's naked on-screen by himself. 'Not much is going to be left to the imagination,' the insider said. 'Harry is throwing himself into this new role and is really excited about the challenge, even though it’s a daunting task.'
Harry Styles first shot to fame on ITV's hit talent contest The X Factor in 2010, where he became part of the boyband One Direction. The band became one of the best-selling boybands of all time until they went on 'hiatus' in 2016. Harry has gone on to become a successful solo artist but first tried his hand at acting in the movie Dunkirk in 2017, where he played British soldier Alex. He's also starring in the upcoming movie Don’t Worry Darling alongside Florence Pugh and Dakota Johnson.
Emma Corrin as Marion Burgess
Joining Harry Styles in My Policeman, is Emma Corrin who plays Tom’s wife Marion. She eventually discovers Tom’s affair and tries to get him arrested.
Emma was huge news last year after she landed the part of Princess Diana in The Crown Season 4. Before that, however, she was relatively unknown, despite having roles in Pennyworth and Grantchester.
David Dawson as Patrick Hazelwood
David Dawson plays Patrick, the forbidden love of Tom’s life. He’s best known for his role as Toby Kent in Luther but has also appeared in Peaky Blinders, The Hollow Crown, Ripper Street, and The Last Kingdom. He also played Coronation Street creator Tony Warren in the 2010 one-off drama The Road To Coronation Street.
My Policeman cast — older versions of the characters
Different actors have been cast to play the older versions of the three main characters as the story moves to the 1990s, with Linus Roache playing the older Tom. Rupert Everett plays an old and quite infirm Patrick while Gina McKee is older Marion.
Other cast in My Policeman
Kadiff Kirwan, who has recently been seen alongside Sean Bean in the BBC1 drama Time, is part of the cast, playing Nigel. Joining him is Dora Davis, Richard Dempsey and Joseph Potter.
The My Policeman action has been filmed on locations in London, Brighton and Venice.
My Policeman — the book
The movie is based on the 2012 novel My Policeman by Bethan Roberts which explores the criminalisation of homosexuality in the 1950s. The novel spans the decades until the 1990s, looking at the norms around sexuality in Brighton. It is written from the points of view of Marion and Patrick, both thinking about Tom, the man they love so much. The novel was inspired by the life of the author E.M Forster who was in a secret relationship with a policeman who was married to a woman.
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