Obsession: Everything you need to know about the Richard Armitage and Charlie Murphy erotic thriller

Everything you need to know about Netflix’s upcoming erotic thriller adaptation Obsession, including the cast, release date and original book.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 24 March 2023 - 8.44pm

From the Regency raunch of Bridgerton to the steamy soapiness of Sex/Life, Netflix knows how to add a bit of spice to a binge-watch.

Setting out to heat up 2023, Obsession is the next erotic thriller coming to Netflix, and it looks certain to get the nation a little hot under the collar.

Just check out the 50 Shades-esque teaser trailer at the top of the page to get a flavour for what to expect.

Based on Josephine Hart’s novel Damage, the series will star Richard Armitage and Charlie Murphy in a thrilling tale of forbidden desire.

Here is everything you need to know about Obsession…

What is the Obsession release date?

Watch Obsession on Netflix from April 13, 2023.

The series will have four episodes.

Who is in the Obsession cast?

Charlie Murphy and Richard Armitage in Obsession Netflix

Richard Armitage, who previously starred in Netflix series The Stranger, and Happy Valley star Charlie Murphy, lead the cast as William and Anna.

Armitage is also currently working on another Netflix Harlan Coben drama, Fool Me Once, with Michelle Keegan.

They’ll be joined by Game of Thrones star Indira Varma, Gangs of London actress Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ms Marvel’s Rish Shah.

The series is written by Benji Walters (Noughts and Crosses) and Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm.

Indira Varma on the red carpet Shutterstock
  • Charlie Murphy – Plays Anna
  • Richard Armitage – Plays William
  • Indira Varma – Plays Ingrid
  • Rish Shah – Plays Jay
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner – Plays Peggy
  • Celine Arden – Plays Mimi
  • Isla Jackson-Ritchie 
  • Gregg Barnett
  • Francesca Knight
  • Letty Thomas
  • Victor Pontecorvo
  • Kerim Hassan
  • Sonera Angel

What is Obsession about?

Obsession key art Netflix

Obsession tells the story of the enigmatic Anna Barton (Charlie Murphy) and an illicit love affair she embarks on with her fiancé’s father William (Richard Armitage).

William becomes obsessed with their forbidden relationship, but keeping their relationship secret is a thrilling and dangerous game.

Netflix describes the series as “thrilling and seductive” and a story of “forbidden desire”.

Talking to Hello about the series, Richard Armitage said: "It's based on a brilliant book about a man who falls in love with his son's fiancée and they get into a very complicated relationship.

“I play the father, Rish Shah plays the son, Charlie Murphy plays the fiancée and Indira Varma plays my wife. It's a really brilliant cast, so I can't wait for that to air.”

What is Obsession based on? 

Obsession is based on Josephine Hart’s popular novel Damage about a British politician, who causes his own downfall with an inappropriate relationship.

It was previously turned into a film by Louis Malle in 1992. The movie starred Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson and Rupert Graves.

Richardson was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA for her role as the aggrieved wife in the film.

Watch Obsession on Netflix from April 13, 2023.