Better Call Saul – A beginner's guide: Meet the cast

The Breaking Bad spinoff gets its network premiere on AMC this month – here’s a quick catch-up for anyone who has yet to meet Albuquerque’s most notorious lawyer.

AMC’s award-winning Breaking Bad is one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

Set six years before the meeting between Saul Goodman and Breaking Bad’s Walter White, spinoff series Better Call Saul introduces us to the man behind the fast-talking Albuquerque criminal lawyer.

When we meet him, the man who will become Saul is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling to make ends meet.

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The new series – which gets it network premiere on June 28th on AMC (BT TV channel 332/381 HD), will track Jimmy’s transformation into a man who puts the criminal in "criminal attorney".

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Here's a quick guide to the cast and characters of the show, including some familiar faces for Breaking Bad fans.

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman

Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk Jimmy McGill Saul Goodman

Before he became Saul Goodman – Albuquerque’s notorious criminal lawyer – he was Jimmy McGill, a hardworking attorney struggling to make ends meet.  He may not have a Cadillac or a degree from an Ivy League university, but Jimmy’s buoyant optimism and quick wit make him a forceful champion for his down-market clients. 
Jimmy’s a legitimate lawyer, an underdog fighting to make a name for himself, but his moral compass and his ambition are often at war with each other. 

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut

Before he was Saul’s fixer, Mike Ehrmantraut was a cop in Philadelphia – that is, until he took an early retirement due to a series of dark events that he’d prefer to keep buried in the past.  A recent transplant to the Southwest, Mike has come to Albuquerque to pursue a quiet life as a grandfather.
However, his specialized skill set lends itself easily to the criminal world, and he soon finds his talents are in high demand.

Michael McKean as Chuck McGill

Michael McKean Chuck McGill Better Call Saul

Jimmy’s older brother Chuck is a name partner at one of Albuquerque’s most prestigious law firms.  A brilliant man of high ideals, Chuck believes that doing the right thing is the true and proper route to success.  Unfortunately, an unusual illness makes it difficult for him to lead a normal life.

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler

Better Call Saul Rhea Seehorn Kim Wexler

A smart and hardworking lawyer with an ambitious two-year plan, Kim Wexler has worked her way up from humble beginnings to become one of the go-to litigators at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill.  Kim’s history with Jimmy complicates their working relationship, and may ultimately compromise her career goals.

Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin

Patrick Fabian Howard Hamlin Better Call Saul

Sun-kissed and patrician, Howard Hamlin is one of life’s winners.  Chuck’s law partner in the wildly successful firm Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, Howard’s good looks, charm and success are only part of the reason Jimmy can’t stand him.

Michael Mando as Nacho Varga

Michael Mando Nacho Varga Better Call Saul

Nacho Varga is a calculating, intelligent criminal.  While not yet a kingpin himself, Nacho is bright and has the ear of his terrifying boss.  Nacho’s ambitions will put him on a collision course with Jimmy that might just take them both down.

Better Call Saul gets its network premiere on AMC, Tuesday, June 27 at 9pm. Catch up on the BT Player.

AMC is exclusive to BT customers, BT channel 332/381 HD and for BT Sport Pack customers Sky Guide channel 192.

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