Keep reading for your guide to the cast and characters of Ridley.
Cast Ridley: Who stars in the ITV series?
Adrian Dunbar plays Alex Ridley
Who is Alex Ridley? After 25 years as a detective, Ridley thought he was out of the police force until a dark and complicated case tempts him to return as a consultant. Ridley has no tolerance for fools, and his unorthodox police methods sometimes get him into trouble, especially when he gets too attached to a case. He is a great empath and shows a real talent for understanding the psychology of murder.
When we meet Ridley, his life is full of turmoil since he lost his wife and daughter in an arson attack 18 months ago. He could not come to terms with the tragedy, and his guilt got the best of him, which meant that he retired early for medical reasons. Outside of work, he loves his jazz music and performing at the local club – yes, Dunbar does indeed sing it.
Who is Adrian Dunbar? It’s impossible not to mention Adrian Dunbar without mentioning his prominent role as Ted Hastings in Line of Duty, a role he’s been playing since 2012. Dunbar also starred in Blood as Jim Hogan, Broken as Father Peter Flaherty, and The Hollow Crown as Plantagenet. . He played Martin Summers in Ashes to Ashes, Ralph Nickleby in The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby, and Sean Delaney in Silent Witness.
Speaking about what drew him to the role of Alex Ridley, Dunbar said: “He’s complex in many ways, quite a far cry from anything I’ve played before, although it’s me, he looks like me, and he clearly has echoes of Ted.” Hastings because he’s a cop. But there are so many interesting layers to his personality, so many things in his past, in his history, especially with all the different places he goes to and the different things he has to deal with. this guy, I think, was the main thing that attracted me to him.
Brona Waugh plays Detective Inspector Carol Farman.
Who is Detective Inspector Carol Farman? After receiving a promotion, Farman is determined to make her mark on the law enforcement agencies. She is loyal, warm-hearted, and smart, making her the perfect ex-colleague of Alex Ridley. She is married to Jeri (Bhavna Limbahia) and the couple have a son, Jack (Tareq Al-Jeddal). Farman turns to his former mentor for help with the complex case outlined in episode 1, and the couple must come to terms with altered power dynamics.
Who is Brona Vo? It’s been a busy year for Waugh, who has already appeared in Our House, The Suspect and Ridley. She is also known for her roles in the ITV series Point of View, Des and Midday Murders. Fans may also recognize her from the third season of Unforgotten when she played Jessica Reed.
Speaking about why she wanted to play the fearsome Farman, Waugh said, “Inspector Carol Farman is a very well built and layered character. What I like about her is that she is complex, layered and really good at her job. a brilliant detective, but she does things her own way. She’s warm, she’s funny, she doesn’t take any nonsense. She is a great mother and has a wonderful home life with a loving wife. But she is like a dog when it comes to work, and is very focused, rooted and absorbed in her work. Therefore, it is difficult for her to find a balance between home and work. I really liked her. I thought she was strong, no nonsense, and felt like a real woman.”
Terence Maynard plays DCI Paul Goodwin
Who is DCI Paul Goodwin? A very modern cop, Goodwin is quiet but ambitious. He can stabilize any ship he is assigned to navigate. He has a difficult relationship with Ridley, who sees through his charming personality. When Ridley returns to the army as a consultant, the pair are forced to bury all their grudges against each other and work together for a better cause.
Who is Terence Maynard? Just a couple of weeks ago, Maynard starred in Sherwood as Sergeant Cleaver. The actor has had numerous roles, including Artorius in The Witcher, Tony Stewart in Coronation Street, and Portis in The Spy.
George Buhari plays DC Darren Lahan
Who is DC Darren Lakhan? D.S. Lahan served two years in the army before joining the police force. He was a troubled teenager, but found discipline in the police. He is determined and ambitious, so he will always do his best for a cause.
Who is George Buhari? Buhari starred as Sammy Farr on Coronation Street, playing the character for several years. He also appeared in Russell T Davies’ Years and Years where he played Jonjo Aleph, but he is perhaps best known for Common Lies where he played Jason.
Georgie Glen plays Dr. Wendy Newstone.
Who is Dr. Wendy Newstone? Newston is the trusted chief medical examiner and pathologist at Ridley. She has a top-notch brain and a morbid passion for her job, which means she is one of the best crime scene investigators in the country.
Who is Georgie Glen? Scottish actress Glen is best known for her role as Miss Millicent Higgins in Call the Midwife, but she is best known for her role as Audrey McFall in Waterloo Road. The accomplished actress also starred in the films Silent Witness, The Crown and Larkins.
Julie Graham plays Annie Marling
Who is Annie Marling? Marling is a great friend and supporter of Ridley, and really the only person he opens up to, as she was his wife Kate’s best friend and godmother to his daughter Ella. She is the owner of the Marling Jazz Club, where Ridley often drops by for drinks and playing the piano.
Who is Julie Graham? In 2020, Graham starred as Ravio in Doctor Who, but that wasn’t her only foray into Whoniverse as she also played Ruby White in The Sarah Jane Adventures. She has also been to Shetland as Rhona Kelly, to Benidorm as Sharon Dawson and to The Bletchley Circle as Jean.
Aidan McArdle plays Michael Flannery
Who is Michael Flannery? Outlaw Flannery is serving a 15-year sentence for the deaths of Kate and Ella Ridley. He used his unmemorable face and personality to sneak around Allerton Bridge and went virtually unnoticed during his lifetime until the night of the fire.
Who is Aidan McArdle? This year alone, McArdle starred as Alistair in Channel 5’s Vacation. He also appeared in The Trial of Christine Keeler where he played Roger Hollis. McArdle has also starred in films such as Clean Escape, Mr. Selfridge, and The Fall.
Bhavna Limbahya plays Jeri Farman-Hoyle
Who is Jeri Farman-Hoyle? Unlike her wife, Jeri is laid-back and warm, but she’s certainly not flippant and fights for what’s right.
Who is Bhavna Limbahia? Limbahia is best known for her role as Rana Habib on Coronation Street, where she was part of the fan-favorite Kahn ship. Before she joined us in 2016, she played Alia Khan in the comedy Citizen Khan.
Tarek Al-Jeddal plays Jack Farman-Hoyle
Who is Jack Farman Hoyle? Jack is the son of Jerry and Carol. He might have been a typical teenager, but he had a special bond with Ridley.
Who is Tareq Al-Jeddal? This is Al-Jeddal’s first major television role.
Who are the guest stars on Ridley episode 1?
- Jennifer Hennessy plays Moll Halpin
- Alexandra Hannant plays Katherine Halpin
- Rob Mitchell-James plays Jesse Halpin
- Amanda Lawrence plays Lorna Spalden
- Pauline Turner plays Esther Parry
- Conor Lawson plays Steve Perry
- Graham Hawley plays Daniel Preston
- Erin Shanaher plays Penny Lindsey
- Caroline Lee-Johnson plays Gill Moreland
- Rhys Douglas plays Adam Moreland
- Elizabeth Berrington plays Jean Dixon
Ridley airs from Sunday 28 August at 20:00 on ITV. Read more, withcheck out our TV guide or visit our dedicated drama center.
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