How to watch Archie – stream the Cary Grant biopic from anywhere right now

Jason Issacs as Cary Grant in Archie
(Image credit: ITV)

Watch Archie

All four episodes of Archie are available to watch for free on ITVX in the UK. Viewers based in the US, Canada and Australia can tune in on BritBox. Currently out of the country? Use a VPN to watch for free from anywhere.

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Premiered: Thursday, November 23 (UK)
FREE live stream: ITVX (UK)
International streams: BritBox (US, CA, AU)
Watch anywhere: Stream from anywhere with ExpressVPN

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What does an ordinary Bristolian have in common with one of Hollywood's most celebrated leading men? Not a dicky bird on the surface, but the four-part biopic Archie attempts to untangle the disparate parallel lives both anchored and meticulously kept apart by that perma-tanned, immaculately clean-cut icon of the 20th century, Cary Grant.

Jason Isaacs, Dainton Anderson, Oaklee Pendergast and Calam Lynch depict Grant at various stages of his life, and you wonder if four actors are enough to unpick the multiple personae of this deeply fascinating individual.

Born Archibald Alec Leach to tailor press Elias (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) and seamstress Elsie (Harriet Walter, Kara Tointon), the future megastar's formative years were deeply unhappy, punctuated by the death of his brother, his father's alcoholism and his mother's debilitating depression.

As a child he was told by his father that his mother had died when, in fact, Elias had her committed to a mental institution. Leach, who would go on to legally change his name to Grant, the stage name he created to aid a career in showbiz, didn't learn of his mother's true circumstances until his father's death.

From his big break to his love affair with Dyan Cannon and much-disputed relationship with his Hot Saturday costar Randolph Scott, with whom he shared a roof for several years, Archie sheds light on the many lives of Cary Grant, and the experiences that shaped him.

Read on as we explain how to watch Archie online from anywhere in the world.

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How to watch Archie for FREE

Thursday, November 23

All four episodes of Archie arrived on ITVX on Thursday, November 23. The Cary Grant biopic will air on ITV1 at a later date.

The ITVX streaming service is completely free-to-watch in the UK, live online or on-demand. But viewers do need a valid TV license to tune in to ITV.

Travelling outside the UK right now?

Use ExpressVPN to watch Archie on ITVX from abroad.

Remember you can watch ITVX a number of ways, including on desktop, gaming consoles, via your smartphone or tablet with the app, as well as on most media streamers, including Fire Stick, Roku, and Apple TV.

How to watch Archie outside the UK

You can watch Archie for free from the UK but, bear in mind that if you're abroad and away from home, you won't be able to watch Archie online from abroad, or access ITVX.

Don't get deterred by geo-restrictions, though, which prevent certain services and content from being accessed outside of the UK. Instead, you can circumvent them by using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. It's completely legal, very affordable and easy to use – and it also encrypts your browsing, offering protection against cybercriminals and government snooping. We have a helpful article on the best VPNs available if you want to read about them more.

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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location (a server in the UK in this case)

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to ITVX and watch Archie as if you were back at home.

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How to watch Archie online in the US, Canada and Australia


Viewers in the US, Canada and Australia can tune into Archie on BritBox with all episodes available now.

A subscription to the streaming service costs $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year after a 7-day BritBox FREE trial in the US. 

It's the same deal in Australia but in Aussie dollars. For Canadians, it's $9.99 per month or $99.99 for the year.

As well as being a treasure trove of classic British TV shows, including timeless comedies such as The Office, Only Fools and Horses, and I'm Alan Partridge, it's home to new and modern hits too, including Downton Abbey, Luther, and Line of Duty.

Away from the US? Use a VPN to watch Archie on BritBox from abroad.

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.