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Rupert Grint and Nick Frost star in 'Sick Note'. (Photo: Sky Atlantic)

It’s been five years since Harry Potter came to an end, and in that time Rupert Grint has clocked up a few roles, both on stage and on screen. Today (May 31), however, brings news that he’s to play his first TV comedy role.

He’ll star in new six-part series Sick Note as Daniel Glass, a compulsive liar who’s stuck in a failing relationship and a dead-end job. So far, so sitcom. But that’s not all: his tyrannical boss, Kenny West, is played by none other than Miami Vice‘s Don Johnson. And add to that, bumbling oncologist Dr Ian Glennis (Nick Frost) tells him he’s got cancer.

Before it gets too dark, Daniel learns the cancer has been misdiagnosed, but not before noticing how much nicer his colleagues and girlfriend have started treating him. Cue a quest to keep the misdiagnosis a secret: Daniel decides to pretend he’s still ill, a lie that both he and Dr Ian have an interest in keeping, which quickly starts to spiral out of control.

Now that does sound funny. Sick Note has already started filming, with some eagle-eyed fans spotting Rupert on set in south London:

It’s due to air some time in early 2017 on U.K. TV channel Sky Atlantic. No word yet on a U.S. release, but with recent crossover comedies like The Wrong Mans and You, Me and the Apocalypse, it’s certainly a possibility.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.