Ridley airs on ITV on Sunday and the series sees the titular detective become a consultant on a harrowing case. The former detective is called in by his former DI protégé Carol Farman to help. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about who’s in the cast of the first episode.
Who is in the cast of Ridley?
Alex Ridley – Adrian Dunbar
After 25 years as a detective, Ridley has decided to throw in the towel and live as a private man.
However, his life was thrown into chaos after his wife and daughter were killed in an arson attack.
Ridley is played by Adrian Dunbar, a 64-year-old actor from Northern Ireland known for his roles in Line of Duty and Blood.
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DI Carol Farman – Bronagh Waugh
Ridley once taught Carol, but he has received a promotion and is now the best dog on the team.
He has a close relationship with his mentor and trusts him for his years of knowledge.
Carol is played by Bronagh Waugh, a 39-year-old Northern Irish actress known for her roles in Hollyoaks and The Fall.
She said of her new character: “DI Carol Farman is a very well-built, layered character.
“What I loved about her is that she’s complex, she’s layered, and she’s really good at her job. She’s a brilliant detective, but she does things her way.”
DCI Paul Goodwin – Terence Maynard
Paul is friendly and approachable and comes from a police family.
The smart detective has still been through a lot as a black police officer, having to work twice as hard to prove himself.
Paul is played by Terence Maynard, a 53-year-old English actor known for Coronation Street and Cursed.
Dr. Wendy Newstone – Georgie Glen
Wendy is a pathologist and forensic director who is respectable and prim.
But she is known for her top-notch brain and wry sense of humor, which makes her a valuable member of the team.
She is played by Georgie Glen, a 66-year-old Scottish actress known for her roles in Call the Midwife and Calendar Girls.
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D.C. Darren Lakhan – George Bukhari
Darren Lakhan became a police officer after leaving the military and has a troubled past.
The officer joined the force as a way to push himself and make a positive name for himself.
He is played by George Bukhari, known for his roles in Ordinary Lies and Years and Years.
Annie MarlingJulie Graham
Annie is the manager of the Marling Jazz Club and is great company as well as a hard worker.
She was best friends with Ridley’s wife and she and Ridley bonded over their grief.
Annie is played by Julie Graham, a 57-year-old Scottish television actress known for The Bletchley Circle and Benidorm.
Michael Flannery – Aidan McArdle
Michael Flannery is the older brother of prime suspect Cal Flannery.
He is played by Aidan McArdle, a 52-year-old Irish actor known for The Holiday and Clean Break.
Viewers may also recognize him from Red Choice and The Trial of Christine Keeler.
Geri Farman – Bhavna Limbachia
Geri Farman-Hoyle is a part-time Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Salford.
She is described as the glue that holds her family together.
Geri is played by Bhavna Limbachia, a 38-year-old actress known for Citizen Khan and Coronation Street.
She took to Instagram to share a snapshot of herself with co-star Adrian, saying, “Not forgetting the Gaffer! Always a treat (hair slicked back…totally different character, if you know, you know).”
Kate Ridley – Jacquetta May
Kate is Ridley’s wife in the series and she died under tragic circumstances, leaving her husband missing.
She is played by Jacquetta May, a 62-year-old writer, actress and theater director.
Viewers may recognize her from her roles in EastEnders, Get Real, and Law & Order: London.
She was a co-founder of the theater company Plain Clothes Productions.
Jean Dixon-Elizabeth Berrington
Jean Dixon is played by Elizabeth Berrington, a 52-year-old actress known for her roles in Waterloo Road and Stella.
Viewers may also recognize her from Moving Wallpaper and The Syndicate.
Moll Halpin as Jennifer Hennessy
Moll Halpin is played by Jennifer Hennessy, a 52-year-old actress known for Lillies and South Riding.
He also starred in Dickensian, The Office, and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
As a child, she was part of the St Winifred’s School Choir, which had a number one hit in 1980.
Lorna SpaldenAmanda Lawrence
Lorna Spalden is played by Amanda Lawrence, a 51-year-old stage, film and television actress.
He began his career at the Edinburgh Fringe before moving to London to star in stage productions.
Viewers can recognize her from Brief Encounter and Playing the Victim.
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Penny Lindsey as Erin Shanagher
Penny is played by Erin Shanagher, an actress and producer known for The Bay and Peaky Blinders.
She played Fiona Baker on Viewpoint and various characters on the long-running series Doctors.
On Twitter, he said he was “lucky to have been able to be a part” of Ridley’s new series.
Daniel Preston – Graeme Hawley
Daniel Preston is played by Graeme Hawley, a 46-year-old English actor known for playing John Stape on Coronation Street.
His other credits include Brookside, A Touch of Frost, Emmerdale and Benidorm.
Gill Moreland – Caroline Lee Johnson
Gill Moreland is played by Caroline Lee-Johnson, a British actress known for Chef! and The Blow.
He has also starred in a couple of movies, including The Defender.
Steve Parry – Conor Lowson
Steve is played by Conor Lowson, who is no stranger to the world of ITV detective dramas.
He starred in an episode of Brenda Blethyn’s Vera and has worked on The Bay as Jordan Rooney.
Fans may also recognize him from The Liberator and Small Axe.