The four-part political thriller features a host of well-known stars as well as a handful of emerging actors.
Here are all of the characters you will meet in drama as well as the actors who play them.
Hugh Laurie plays Peter Laurence MP
Who is Peter Laurence? A conservative cabinet minister. Hugh Laurie describes him as follows: “He starts the story mid-cabinet as Secretary of Transportation and has ambitions to move up the greasy rod. The story is, in some ways, about the price he is willing to pay to get to the top and the price he is forcing everyone else, especially his family, but also those who pledge their loyalty to him. He is a man who is relatively free of the severity of guilt and whose life’s work is to keep moving forward rather than looking back. ”
What else was Hugh Laurie in? Quite a lot of things. With Stephen Fry he was part of the comedy Double Act Fry and Laurie; He also starred in Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, Sense and Sensibility, Avenue 5, The Personal Story of David Copperfield (as Mr. Dick), Catch-22 (as Major de Coverley), Veep and of course in the longstanding American medical drama House – which earned him two Golden Globes and a handful of Emmy nominations. He also won a Golden Globe for Richard Roper in the John le Carré series The Night Manager and has a musical career as a blues musician.
Helen McCrory spielt PM Dawn Ellison
Who is Dawn Ellison? The Conservative Prime Minister, who is therefore Peter Laurence’s boss. But as Helen McCrory puts it, “She doesn’t know how dangerous he is. I think she realizes that he is popular and that he is very ambitious like her, and that he is without qualms as she is. What she doesn’t realize, however, is how many supporters he has. ”
In was war Helen McCrory noch? While Helen McCrory plays the Prime Minister in Roadkill, we’ve previously seen her as the Prime Minister’s wife – notably Cherie Blair in The Queen 2006 and The Special Relationship 2010. Many will know her best as Polly Gray from Peaky Blinders; others will know her as Narcissa Malfoy from the Harry Potter films. Other roles included Sonia Woodley QC in Quiz, the voice of Stelmaria in His Dark Materials, Kathryn in MotherFatherSon, Madame Kali in Penny Dreadful and Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Pip Torrens plays Joe Lapidus
Who is Joe Lapidus? A newspaper editor. Peter Laurence MP took the unusual step of bringing legal proceedings against his newspaper.
What else was Pip Torrens in? Was has not Pip Torrens was there. His 187 screen credits to date include The Crown (as Tommy Lascelles), Preacher (as Herr Starr), Poldark (as Cary Warleggan), Deep State (as William Kingsley), Patrick Melrose (as Nicholas Pratt), Versailles (Kassel), Doctor Who (as Rocastle) and Grantchester (as Edward Kendall). On the big screen he was in “The Danish Girl”, “The Iron Lady”, “War Horse”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “The Remnants of the Day “And” The darkest hour “.
Sarah Greene spielt Charmian Pepper
Who is Charmian Pepper? A newspaper reporter who wrote a story about Peter Laurence. He took the newspaper to court and won the case after Charmian changed her story on the stand. But why did she do that? And is Peter Laurence really innocent?
In was war Sarah Greene noch? You may have seen her recently as Lorraine in Normal People or as Cassie Maddox (and Lexie Mangan) in Dublin Murders. She also played as Hecate Poole in Penny Dreadful, while other credits include Vikings, Rebellion, Ransom, and the upcoming comedy drama Frank of Ireland. On stage, she received an Olivier and a Tony nomination for her role in the West End and Broadway productions of The Cripple of Inishmaan.
Sidse Babett Knudsen plays Madeleine Halle
Who is Madeleine Halle? As Hugh Laurie describes her, she is a woman “whose life was in a state of desperation” until Peter Laurence “reached out a hand of friendship and support that turned into something romantic”.
What else was Sidse Babett Knudsen in? The Danish actress is best known internationally for her role as Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg in Borgen and for her role as Theresa Cullen in Westworld. Other credits include Vitello, The Accident, and the TV miniseries 1864.
Pippa Bennett-Warner plays Rochelle
Who is Rochelle? “Rochelle is a high flying lawyer,” says Pippa Bennett-Warner. “We meet her at the beginning of the series when she has just won the Peter Laurence case. At the beginning we meet her, which she does regularly, which is win cases. She is very competent and very good at her job. Over the course of the four episodes, she sets out to find out what is more important for morale. ”
What else was Pippa Bennett-Warner in? A few years had passed for Pippa Bennett-Warner. The actress played Shannon Dumani in Gangs of London, Tamzin in Maxxx, Harriet Lennox in Harlots, and Lauren Elgood in MotherFatherSon (in which she appeared alongside her Roadkill co-star Helen McCrory). She was recently featured on the ITV short film series Unsaid Stories and also appeared in Silent Witness, Doctor Who (as Saibra in Time Heist) and The Smoke.
Danny Ashok plays Luke Strand
Who is Luke Strand? A junior barrister who works closely with Rochelle.
What else was Danny Ashok in? You may have seen him as Aamir Malik in Strike: Lethal White or as Manish Patel in the disaster drama Cobra. Other credits include Deep Water, Capital, The Five, Finding Fatimah and The Dumping Ground.
Patricia Hodge plays Lady Roche
Who is Lady Roche? The newspaper owner.
In was war Patricia Hodge noch? Oh so many things! In addition to being an Olivier Award-winning stage actress, Patricia Hodge has had a long television and film career. She starred in Rumpole of the Bailey and is also known for roles such as Penny in the comedy series Miranda, Ursula Thorpe in A Very English Scandal, and Geraldine Hackstraw in The Legacy of Reginald Perrin.
Iain de Caestecker plays Duncan Knock
Who is Duncan Knock? Peter Laurence’s special advisor. Iain de Caestecker says: “Duncan is ambitious and married to his job. It definitely takes up a lot of space in his head so I think a big part of his identity is what he does. Being a special adviser is a controversial role as they work within a ruling party and while they are not elected by the public they are politically motivated and have a political agenda. He’s probably worked his way up with Peter over the past few years and knows where the bodies are buried, but he’s involved in that too. He also sees Peter as his ticket upstairs. As much as I think he admires Peter and looks up to him, he also has his own price in mind. ”
What else was Iain de Caestecker in? He is perhaps best known for playing Leo Fitz in Agents of SHIELD or Adam Barlow on Coronation Street in the early nineties. Most recently he played Young Douglas in the television series Us; Other credits in television and film include Overlord, Not Another Happy Ending, The Fades, Lip Service, Shell, Lost River, and In Fear.
Olivia Vinall played Julia Blythe
Who is Julia Blythe? Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. As Olivia Vinall puts it, Julia serves as the “eyes and ears” of PM Dawn Ellison – nothing gets past her, and their relationship is close and trusting. They have a lot in common as their careers are the most important thing in both lives. ”
In was war Olivia Vinall noch? Olivia Vinall memorably starred as Laura Fairlie (and also as Anne Catherick) in The Woman in White. Other credits include Apple Tree Yard, where she played Carrie, and the TV series Queens of Mystery. In the 2013 Doctor Who episode The Crimson Horror, she appeared as Effie.
Katie Leung plays Margaret Moore
Who is Margaret Moore? We don’t know much about this character yet, but we do know that she shares some important information with Attorney Rochelle.
Was Katie Leung Nor in what? The actress first came on our screens as Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films. Since then she has appeared as Eleanor in The Nest, Liuli in Chimerica and Lau Chen in Strangers. She has also voiced Too-Ticky on the Moominvalley TV series.
Emma Cunniffe plays Sydney
Who is sydney Peter’s chauffeur. They are on a friendly terms, but she clearly has her own opinions.
In was war Emma Cunniffe noch? She has appeared on a number of television series including Silent Witness (as Jess Fisher), Doctors (as Dr. Janet Fielding), Unforgotten Series 2 (as Janet), and Coronation Street (as DS Hawthorn). Emma Cunniffe was also in Doctor Who and played Claire in the 2011 episode Night Terrors.
Natalie Dew plays Alisha Burman
Who is Alisha Burman? A lawyer at the newspaper.
In was war Natalie Dew noch? Credits include Sandylands, No Offense, The Great, Kiri, and the TV series Bodyguard, in which she played a reporter.
Other actors and characters are:
- Ophelia Lovibond als Susan Laurence
- Saskia Reeves as Helen Laurence
- Gbemisola Ikumelo as Steff Frost
- Millie Brady als Lily Laurence
- Shalom Brune-Franklin as Rose Dietl
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