Who is Nigel Lindsay? All you need to know about the Innocent star

Learn more about the actor who plays DCI Beech in the ITV crime series.

Last updated: 17 May 2018 - 10.51am

ITV’s crime drama Innocent continues to grip viewers as they try to establish whether David Collins (Lee Ingleby) really did kill his wife Tara.

We’ll find out this evening (Thursday), as the series comes to a conclusion having proved a hit with critics and audiences alike.

[Read more: Who is Lee Ingleby? Meet the star of ITV's Innocent]

Among the strong ensemble cast is Nigel Lindsay, who plays Detective Chief Inspector William Beech, a policeman who seems to have ignored significant evidence to help convict David seven years ago.

Learn more about the London-born actor here.

Who is Nigel Lindsay?

Lindsay was born in St John’s Wood, London in January 1969.  After a short stint working as a financial analyst for a City stockbrokers’ firm, he decided to try his hand at acting and won a place on the two-year course at the Webber Douglas Academy.

After graduating, Lindsay played a number of minor TV roles but had significantly greater success in the theatre. His first big hit was playing the dim-witted but optimistic waiter Mugsy, alongside Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels, in Patrick Marber’s comedy Dealer’s Choice; he also performed in other roles at the Royal National Theatre, at the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court.

On television he made his breakthrough in the Channel 4 series Dressing For Breakfast and appeared in the adaptation of A Dance to the Music of Time. He also made his first feature film appearance in Rogue Trader, in a small role opposite Ewan McGregor.

Lindsay also proved his comedy chops in shows like Brass Eye, The Armando Iannucci Show and I’m Alan Partridge, while his stage career went from strength to strength. He performed in shows at the Old Vic, the Almeida and the Duke of York's Theatre, and returned to both the National Theatre and the Royal Court.

Proving his versatility, he appeared in six episodes of the joint BBC and HBO historical drama Rome, as well as the first two series of Jennifer Saunders’ sitcom Jam & Jerusalem. Back on stage in 2011, he won the lead role in Shrek: The Musical, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance.

[Read more: Is Innocent the new Broadchurch? The cast tell all]

Lindsay is probably best known, however, for playing Barry, a white convert to Muslim Extremism, in Chris Morris’ 2010 Bafta-winning film Four Lions. He was himself nominated in the Best British Comedy Performance in Film at the British Comedy Awards for his portrayal of the bad-tempered convert. He also had a major role in the 2013 comedy Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

More recently, Lindsay was seen as Prime Minister Robert Peel in Victoria alongside Jenna Coleman, and playing regular roles in the second series of the ITV crime series Unforgotten and BBC sitcom White Gold. He can also be seen currently in the Netflix drama Safe.

More from BT