Rupert Graves joins Riviera Season 3
Staff Reporter | On 29, Sep 2019Reading time: 4 mins
Rupert Graves has joined the cast of Riviera Season 3
The Sherlock star will play Gabriel Hirsch, joining returning cast members Julia Stiles, Poppy Delevingne and Jack Fox and a host of other stellar names including: Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster) as Ellen Swann; Synnove Macody Lund (Headhunters) as Alex Harewood; Franco Masini as Cesar Alsina-Suarez; Elisio Barrionuevo as Dario Alsina-Suarez and Maurizio Lombardi as Luca Aliperti.
A year has passed since the explosive finale of Season 2. Georgina (Stiles) has abandoned the cursed Riviera, leaving all its devastation and damage behind to start a new life. Now a rising star in international art restitution, she has reinvented herself as Georgina Ryland, as she travels the world – from Venice to Argentina – on the hunt for stolen art works. After the moral obscurity of the Riviera, Georgina revels in the relative black and white clarity that her new role gives her, as well as her new alliance with the carefree, charismatic and worldly Hirsch.
But in a world in which power, legacy and justice are deadly obsessions, Riviera 3 will see Georgina’s loyalty, courage and resilience tested to the extreme, revealing the most surprising side of her yet.
Cameron Roach, Sky’s Director of Drama & Sky Studios says: “Riviera has really captured the imagination of our subscribers and we’re thrilled to be returning to the audacious and unpredictable world occupied by Julia Stiles as Georgina, alongside her new co-star Rupert Graves. Riviera owns a unique space in the television landscape and we’re very proud of it as a show that offers the promise of danger and suspense whilst really entertaining and thrilling the viewer.”
Kris Thykier, Executive Producer for Archery Pictures comments: “We are committed to producing the most glamorous, most thrilling show on television and our third season looks set to be the most explosive to date. Shooting in exclusive locations in Venice, St Tropez and Buenos Aires, this series will dive into an entirely new world of corruption, deceit and murder amongst the globe-trotting 1 per cent.”
Stiles adds: “The expansion of this season, in terms of the gorgeous new countries we visit, as well as our new cast members, means the web is even more tangled for Georgina. I am thrilled to navigate this gilded conspiracy through her eyes and with Rupert Graves by her side.”
Filming on Season 3 is now underway.
Riviera renewed for Season 3
27th May 2019
Sky has renewed Riviera for a third season.
The series, which stars Julia Stiles, is set in the sun-drenched South of France, the opulent playground of the world’s richest – including the Clios household, where Georgina (Stiles) is striving to stay afloat, not to mention at the top of the elusive art world.
Season 2 premiered last week, seeing Georgina continues her battle for dominance and control with Irina Clios (Lena Olin) and her children, Christos (Dimitri Leonidas) and Adriana (Roxanne Duran), plus new threats from the Eltham family – a dynasty led by Juliet Stevenson as Lady Cassandra Eltham and Poppy Delevingne as Daphne and Jack Fox as Nico. And then, of course, there’s Georgina’s charismatic uncle, Jeff (Will Arnett), to worry about, and the handsome and mysterious Noah (Grégory Fitoussi).
Within days of the sophomore season’s debut, Sky has already announced that it will return to the French Riviera for a third time – and then move on to Venice and Argentina to boot.
Season 3 will see Stiles’ Georgina take the glitz and glamour of the Cote d’Azur around the globe as Georgina Clios tries to escape the devastation the Riviera has wrought on her. As well as starring in the show, Stiles will executive produce the eight-part season.
“You’d think that there was nothing left for the Riviera to throw at Georgina but series three is our most ambitious yet,” she says. “I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible drama for Sky Atlantic. The chance to deliver another season of Riviera is exciting and I am grateful to our audience for coming along with us on this journey.”
Riviera is a Sky original drama in association with Altice Studios. Produced by Archery Pictures and Primo Productions, the Executive Producers are Kris Thykier, Paul McGuinness and Kara Manley for Sky. International distribution is being handled by Sky Vision.
Kris Thykier, executive producer, adds: “The first season of Riviera was Sky’s most successful original series of all time with 20 million downloads in the UK, we hope that season two can build on this success and are thrilled to be going into production on a third series. Working with Sky has been an amazing experience and we are incredibly grateful for their unbridled enthusiasm and overwhelming support for the show.”
Filming on Season 3 will start in Autumn 2019.