The Night Manager
is a gripping spy thriller series that follows the exploits of a former soldier who infiltrates the inner circle of a ruthless arms dealer. Based on the 1993 novel by John le Carré, the series has been adapted to the screen twice, with different casts and settings.
The first adaptation was a British-American co-production that aired in 2016, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki. The second adaptation was an Indian remake that premiered in 2023, starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala and Tillotama Shome.
In this blog post, we will compare and contrast the cast of both series and see how they brought the characters to life.
The British-American Version
The British-American version of The Night Manager was directed by Susanne Bier and produced by BBC One and AMC. It received critical acclaim and won several awards, including two Primetime Emmys and three Golden Globes[^1^].
The cast of this version includes:
**Tom Hiddleston** as Jonathan Pine, the night manager of a Cairo hotel who becomes an undercover agent for MI6. Hiddleston is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also starred in films such as Kong: Skull Island, Crimson Peak and The Avengers.
**Hugh Laurie** as Richard Roper, the charismatic and ruthless arms dealer who is dubbed “the worst man in the world”. Laurie is famous for his role as Dr. Gregory House in the medical drama House. He also appeared in films such as Tomorrowland, Stuart Little and Sense and Sensibility.
**Olivia Colman** as Angela Burr, the head of a covert MI6 operation that aims to bring down Roper. Colman is an Oscar-winning actress who has starred in films such as The Favourite, The Father and The Lobster. She also played Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown.
– **Elizabeth Debicki** as Jed Marshall, Roper’s beautiful and troubled girlfriend who develops a relationship with Pine. Debicki is an Australian actress who has featured in films such as Tenet, The Great Gatsby and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
**Tom Hollander** as Lance Corkoran, Roper’s loyal and sarcastic right-hand man. Hollander is a versatile actor who has appeared in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Bohemian Rhapsody and In the Loop.
**David Harewood** as Joel Steadman, an American CIA agent who works with Burr to expose Roper. Harewood is known for his roles as David Estes in Homeland and J’onn J’onzz in Supergirl.
**Tobias Menzies** as Geoffrey Dromgoole, a senior MI6 official who is involved in a conspiracy with Roper. Menzies is a prolific actor who has played roles such as Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones, Frank Randall in Outlander and Prince Philip in The Crown.
The Indian Version
The Indian version of The Night Manager was directed by Sandeep Modi and Shridhar Raghavan and produced by Applause Entertainment and BBC Studios India. It was released on Disney+ Hotstar in 2023.
The cast of this version includes:
**Aditya Roy Kapoor** as Shaan Sengupta, the night manager of a Mumbai hotel who becomes an undercover agent for RAW. Kapoor is a popular Bollywood actor who has starred in films such as Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Malang.
**Anil Kapoor** as Shailendra Rungta, the charismatic and ruthless arms dealer who is dubbed “the king of war”. Kapoor is a veteran Bollywood actor who has also appeared in Hollywood films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and 24.
**Sobhita Dhulipala** as Kaveri Dixit, Rungta’s beautiful and troubled girlfriend who develops a relationship with Shaan. Dhulipala is an acclaimed actress who has featured in films such as Raman Raghav 2.0, Made in Heaven and Bard of Blood.
**Tillotama Shome** as Lipika Saikia Rao, the head of a covert RAW operation that aims to bring down Rungta. Shome is a critically acclaimed actress who has starred in films such as Monsoon Wedding, Qissa and Sir.
**Ravi Behl** as Jaiveer Singh, Rungta’s loyal and sarcastic right-hand man. Behl is a seasoned actor who has appeared in films such as Narsimha, Boogie Woogie and Lagaan.
**Saswata Chatterjee** as Brijpal, a senior RAW official who is involved in a conspiracy with Rungta. Chatterjee is a renowned Bengali actor who has played roles such as Bob Biswas in Kahaani, Jagannath in Jagga Jasoos and Byomkesh Bakshi in Byomkesh O Chiriyakhana.
– **Joy Sengupta** as Danish Khan, an American CIA agent who works with Lipika to expose Rungta. Sengupta is a versatile actor who has featured in films such as Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Parineeta and Tandav.
The Night Manager is a thrilling series that showcases the talents of two different casts from two different countries. Both versions have their own strengths and weaknesses, but they share the same core story of espionage, betrayal and romance.
If you are a fan of spy thrillers, you should definitely watch both versions of The Night Manager and see how they compare. You can find them on IMDb[^1^] [^2^] or on streaming platforms such as Hulu and Disney+ Hotstar.