From the creator of 24 and Homeland, ITV's must-watch drama of the summer is the gripping thriller Fearless.
Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) leads the BAFTA award-winning cast of stars in this dark and gripping tale of injustice, murder, police and politics.
Here's a quick guide to the cast and characters in the new six-part series:
Helen McCrory plays Emma Banville
Determined human rights lawyer, Emma Banville is known for defending lost causes and has a reputation for taking on cases that no-one else will touch. She lives with partner, Steve, with whom she's hoping to adopt a child, despite them not having the most stable of relationships.
She truly cares for all her clients and will passionately defend them, working hard to uncover the truth and protectng them at all costs.
What attracted you to Fearless?
"We’ve seen strong female leads on TV, but Patrick Harbinson has created a character I’ve never seen before. A very vulnerable hero to the next genera\on. A woman who really is a pioneer and is finding her own way. A reaction to her own damaged past. But also Emma cares so much about what’s happening in the world about her.
"Emma feels alone. She’s not part of an establishment. She’s not part of a gang. You see her on the street and you see her investigating and trying to find out the truth. That really touched me because I felt this is exactly where the world is at the moment.
"They wanted an older actress, one that had been politicised by Maggie Thatcher, as Patrick Harbinson had because, like her or loathe her, she poli\cised a generation. I’d go on the anti-poll tax marches and the apartheid marches and was very much part of a politically active college. And then I watched my daughter, who is 10, geing her placard out together with her three friends and marching down with her mum and her godmother to support equal rights for women recently in London.
"Trump has done the same. He’s politicised a genera\on. I think people are very aware of that now. That actually they don’t trust necessarily the establishment to solve things for them or look to the establishment as heroes, as Brexit and as Trump has proved.
"So this idea of people that are quite ordinary and normal fighting for other ordinary and normal people on those lost causes, in some cases people who have been abandoned in prison for 10, 15, 20 years, I felt Patrick really had his finger on the pulse there."
Jonathan Forbes plays Dominic Truelove
A former police officer, Dominic Truelove now works alongside Emma and assists her in the case to discover the truth behind Linda’s murder. He has a close relationship with Emma and, whilst he sometimes questions her methods, trusts her implicitly.
What attracted you to Fearless
"There's a directness between Dominic and Emma (Helen McCrory). The show is called Fearless and Emma's reputa\on precedes her as being formidable and difficult. When, in fact, she is someone with a massive sense of humour and quite a bit of vulnerability.
"One of the fascina\ng things about Fearless was the way we shot it. I was filming Catastrophe almost at the same time and they were very different styles of filming. It was really exciting. I found it very natural. It wasn't conventional. As Patrick Harbinson describes it, it's the crash zone where law and politics collide. There are a lot of drive by moments, surveillance, phone conversations or snippets of things."
Sam Swainsbury plays Kevin Russell
Now in his mid-thirties, Kevin Russell has been in prison for 14 years for the murder of schoolgirl, Linda Simms. Linda’s body was found buried near his workshop whilst he was caretaker at Linda’s school. At the time of his arrest, his fiancée Annie Peterson, was pregnant with their son, Jason.
Rebecca Callard plays Annie Peterson
Annie Peterson is Kevin’s ex-fiancée has always fought Kevin’s cause, firmly believing him to be innocent. It’s Annie who hires Emma at the beginning of the series, having previously approached a number of lawyers in an a`empt to get Kevin acqui`ed. She has a teenage son, Jason.
Wunmi Mosaku plays DCS Olivia Greenwood
Olivia Greenwood was the Investigating Officer on the Linda Simms case and she conducted the interview when Kevin Russell confessed to Linda's murder. She now works for counter terrorism for SO15 and is investigating Yusef Attar, one of Emma’s current clients.
What appealed to you about Fearless and the role of Olivia?
“I always go for the story first. I’m not that attached to a character so much as the whole story. And whether I want to be a part of that whole story. That’s what attracted me first to the Fearless scripts. The idea, the jeopardy, the whole thing. I thought it was very topical and obviously the people involved are really talented. So I would have audi\oned for ‘Waitress No 2’ in it.
"In terms of my character Olivia, it was great to play someone who is at the top of her game and brilliant at what she does. Her personal life doesn’t come into it. She is completely and utterly focused on justice. And it's quite cool seeing a woman like that."
John Bishop plays Steve Livesey
Steve is Emma’s boyfriend who she met on a previous case years ago when he was a press photographer. Although they have a loving relationship, Steve is very laid-back and both an antidote and frustration to Emma.
Michael Gambon plays Sir Alastair McKinnon
Master of a Cambridge College, Alastair McKinnon is an influential and highly-respected academic and former Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Office.
Robin Weigert plays Heather Myles
Heather Myles lives in Washington and is a former CIA employee who now works as a private contractor in the intelligence industry. Ruthless and forthright, she is a master manipulator pulling the strings.
Jamie Bamber plays Matthew Wild
Matthew Wild is the Simms' ambitious local MP. Alongside wife Laura, Matthew is highly regarded in the community and tipped for leadership of his party in the not-too-distant future. When Emma starts investigating Linda’s murder, Wild is determined to protect the Simms family and tries to convince Emma that she should leave it alone.
Fearless airs Mondays at 9pm on ITV.
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