TV producers launch casting call for Michael Gove lookalikes for new political drama

Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, arrives in D

Michael Gove, minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, arrives in Downing Street, London - Credit: PA

Sky producers are searching for a Michael Gove lookalike to play the cabinet minister in the upcoming series, This Sceptred Isle.

The five-part drama charts events surrounding the prime minister, Downing Street, and the country during the first wave of the global pandemic.



A casting brief says producers are searching for a male "in his early 50s, upper middle class, well-spoken" who is based in the UK. Prior acting experience is not necessary.

A TV source says: "This is the perfect role for anyone who’s ever been made fun of for looking or sounding like Michael Gove. What a way to show all those that have ridiculed you by getting a part in a huge Sky drama like this."

This Sceptred Isle will air next autumn on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.


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The show is co-written by Michael Winterbottom – creator of The Trip series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon – and Kieron Quirke, who was behind BBC Three’s Cuckoo.

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The show is based on testimonies of those working in Downing Street, the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies, the Department of Health, hospitals, and care homes.

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