James Nor­ton plays such a great vicar in Grantch­ester. Does he have a re­li­gious back­ground?

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—Beth G., Wheel­ing, W.Va.

A: Like his char­ac­ter, Rev. Sid­ney Cham­bers, on Mas­ter­piece’s

Grantch­ester, re­turn­ing June 18 for its third sea­son on PBS, Nor­ton, 31, stud­ied the­ol­ogy at Cam­bridge, a tid­bit he men­tioned while au­di­tion­ing for the role. “I went trav­el­ing around the world and came into con­tact with Bud­dhism and Hin­duism and de­cided to study the­ol­ogy at univer­sity,” he says. In the end, though, act­ing won out.

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