ONE of the country’s most famous actors will be coming to Glasgow to film a new five-part series.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be in town filming Sky Atlantic show Melrose from Sunday.

The 41-year-old actor is starring and producing the mini-series which will also be shot in London and France.

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Cumberbatch, best known for his roles in Sherlock and Doctor Strange, will be playing Patrick Melrose in the show based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn. 

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His character is described as“an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy” who turns to substance abuse to erase bad childhood memories of his abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned the behaviour.

Each episode of the series will be based on a different book and will take place over several days in Melrose’s life, from the South of France in the 60s, New York in the 80s and Britain in early 2000s.

Allison Williams, star of Girls also recently joined the cast which includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving and Anna Madeley.

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The filming comes just weeks after the streets of Govan were transformed into the scene of BBC Christmas special Grandpa’s Great Escape.

Tom Courtenay was spotted filming the television adaptation of the popular children’s book by David Walliams which will also star Jennifer Saunders.

A number of city centre roads will be closed between October 29 and November 3 to accommodate the production including Bothwell Street, Bothwell Lane, St Vincent Street and Renfield Street.