Joe Cole is worlds away from Peaky Blinders as he transforms into Harry Palmer for The Ipcress File reboot

JOE Cole could not look more removed from the role that shot him to fame as he steps in to the shoes of Sir Michael Cain in The Ipcress File reboot.

The 32-year-old actor is taking on the role of Harry Palmer in ITV's remake of the legendary spy thriller.

In a first look at the Peaky Blinders actor ahead of the six part series sees him looking a chip off Caine's block who first played the iconic spy in the 1965 film of the same name.

Rocking the instantly recognisable dark rimmed glasses, Cole cut a sombre figure on the series' set in a black coat and grey trousers.

Filming is currently happening in Liverpool which has been recreated into a 1960s London complete with red phone boxes and vintage cars.

Extras were seen in period costumes, as Cole filmed a scene and where he get in to one of the cars driven by costar Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody).




Based on the Len Deighton novel which has sold 10 million copies worldwide and set against the backdrop of Cold War Europe, the ITV adaptation also stars Tom Hollander (The Night Manager).

"A twist-laden spy thriller with a rich cast of characters, The Ipcress File is a stylish and tense tale of abducted scientists, brainwashing, inter- departmental rivalry, treason, and a possibly unwise romance," according the series synopsis.


Adapted by Oscar nominated and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter, John Hodge (Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting), The Ipcress File is directed by Emmy award-winner James Watkins (Black Mirror).

Watkins believed now was the perfect time to resurrect the iconic spy.

“We can’t wait to bring Len Deighton’s intoxicating web of spies – sexier than Smiley’s people, more real than Bond – to a wider television audience," Watkins said.

"With his sly wit and understated integrity clashing against the establishment, working-class spy Harry Palmer is more relevant than ever.” 

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