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Patrick Melrose 

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Based on the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn.
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Series cast summary:
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Patrick Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
Hugo Weaving ...  David Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
Sebastian Maltz ...  Young Patrick Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
Jennifer Jason Leigh ...  Eleanor Melrose 5 episodes, 2018
Jessica Raine ...  Julia 5 episodes, 2018
Prasanna Puwanarajah ...  Johnny Hall 4 episodes, 2018
Pip Torrens ...  Nicholas Pratt 4 episodes, 2018
Anna Madeley ...  Cousin Mary / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Indira Varma ...  Anne Moore 3 episodes, 2018
Dainton Anderson ...  Thomas Melrose 2 episodes, 2018
Gary Beadle ...  Chilly Willy 2 episodes, 2018
Morfydd Clark ...  Debbie Hickman 2 episodes, 2018
Blythe Danner ...  Nancy 2 episodes, 2018
Holliday Grainger ...  Bridget Watson Scott 2 episodes, 2018
Celia Imrie ...  Kettle 2 episodes, 2018
Guy Paul ...  Cousin Henry 2 episodes, 2018
Declan Rodgers ...  Kevin 2 episodes, 2018
Marcus Smith ...  Robert Melrose 2 episodes, 2018
John Standing ...  George Watford 2 episodes, 2018
Eileen Walsh ...  Annette 2 episodes, 2018


This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn, tracks Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France, through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain.

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12 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In a 2014 Reddit interview, Benedict was asked by a fan what other literary character he would like to play as in a series. He answered 'Patrick Melrose by Edward St. Aubyn'. A few years later, he was cast for the role. See more »


Young Patrick Melrose, played by Sebastian Maltz, has dark brown eyes. Adult Patrick, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, has blue/green eyes. See more »

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Tour de Force
14 May 2018 | by david hollyfieldSee all my reviews

Benedict Cumberbatch gets to show all his chops in this brilliantly written, directed and shot tour de force.

We all knew he could act, but here he gets to pull out all the stops. He is entirely believable as an upper class, abused and abandoned boy who turns his life and his will over to Heroin as his only source of succor.

The writing is sublime, you don't want to miss a moment of the razor sharp dialogue or of the inner monologues of Patrick.

The portrayal of a junkie at the peak of his chaos is completely and utterly believable. As one who suffered a childhood under a martinet father and is somewhat acquainted with the self medicating regimes that Patrick practices, I can testify to that.

I urge all viewers with an adult sensibility to watch this bizarrely charming, compassionate, tragic and comedic miniseries...

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