The Courier is a 2020 historical spy film directed by Dominic Cooke. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, a British businessman who was recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service to deliver messages to secret agent Oleg Penkovsky (played by Merab Ninidze) in the 1960s. Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, and Angus Wright also star.
The Courier tells the “true story of the British businessman who helped MI6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear programme during the Cold War. Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky (codenamed Ironbark), provided crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne
Merab Ninidze as Colonel Oleg Penkovsky
Rachel Brosnahan as Emily Donovan, CIA officer
Jessie Buckley as Sheila Wynne, Greville’s wife
Angus Wright as Dickie Franks, MI6 officer
Kirill Pirogov as Gribanov, KGB officer
Keir Hills as Andrew Wynne, Greville’s son
Maria Mironova as Vera, Penkovsky’s wife
Emma Penzina as Nina, Penkovsky’s daughter
Željko Ivanek as CIA boss
Vladimir Chuprikov as Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Alice Orr-Ewing as Tamara
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