Taking Netflix by storm is the latest Harlan Coben adaptation, The Stranger (review here). Over eight episodes the lives of the characters are turned upside down as ‘The Stranger' threatens to reveal their very deepest secrets.
With lies, betrayals, murder, secrets and more twists and turns than a helter-skelter, it is gripping from beginning to end. But who are the actors that have had us on the edge of our seats for the whole series?
The Stranger Cast
Richard Armitage is an English actor who many may recognise from his role as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit. He also starred in the American TV series Hannibal, playing Francis Dolarhyde as well in the British TV drama Spooks.
He voiced Trevor Belmont in the Netflix adaptation of Castlevania and on the streaming service can also be seen in Brain On Fire and Sleepwalker. And for a little bit of trivia, he was named after King Richard III, is 6′ 2½” tall, plays the cello and guitar and was once engaged to Samantha Colley but the two have since separated.
Many will know actor Siobhan Finneran from her two-year stint as Sarah O'Brien in Downton Abbey as well as her role in the hit comedy series Benidorm when she played Janice Garvey. Since then she has been in Happy Valley, The Loch, Cold Feet and A Confession.
She was married to Mark Jordon in 1997 but the couple divorced in 2014. She has two children and is quoted as saying “I've always had a character part, mind you – I've never played the princess. But if you're used to doing that, it must be soul-destroying to hit 40 and suddenly find there's nothing for you to do.”
Hannah John-Kamen is a British actor from Yorkshire and the youngest of three children. Her father is a Nigerian forensic psychologist and her mother is a Norwegian fashion model. Many will recognise her from prominent roles in Ready Player One and the Syfy series Killjoys.
In her spare time she plays the piano, is a classically trained dancer and is dating Brett Watterton. She will also star in the upcoming Brave New World, a TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley's book set in dystopian future, playing Wilhelmina ‘Helm' Watson.
Born in South Yorkshire, Shaun Dooley lives in London with his wife Polly and their four children. A big Barnsley FC fan, he goes to as many home games as possible. He has starred in Broadchurch, Jamestown and Gentleman Jack and recently played King Foltest in The Witcher.
In 2019 Shaun and his wife produced an album, Got It Covered, which featured well-known actors such as Olivia Colman, Luke Evans and Helena Bonham-Carter singing unique cover versions of songs personal to them. All the proceeds from the album went to the charity Children In Need.
Jacob Dudman is 22 years old and while fans may know him from roles in The A List and Medici, he also works as a voice-over artist.
And if you still want more, he will portray ‘Sam' in the new 6-part Netflix series, FATE: The Winx Club Saga, a live-action series based on the original Nickelodeon cartoon. It is expected to air in the summer/fall of 2020.
Compared to some of his co-stars, Brandon Fellows is a relative newcomer to the world of TV and film. His first acting credit was in 2015 when he starred in Raised By Wolves. Since then he has appeared in Doctors, Upstart Crow and now, The Stranger.
Despite how long ago the movie was released, Northern Ireland actor Stephen Rea is still best remembered for his role in The Crying Game (1992) for which he was Oscar-nominated. with over 130 acting credits to his name, there is no shortage of great movies that Rea has starred in, including V for Vendetta and Underworld Awakening. He even starred in the Hozier's music video for the song Nina Cried Power.
Multi-talented, Stephen Rea acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney in the 1970s and helped establish the Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with Tom Paulin, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney and Seamus Deane.
Those of us who were big tv fans in the 90s will know exactly who Anthony Head is from his role as Rupert Giles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He also played Uther Pendragon for four years in Merlin and more recently starred in Girlfriends and Vanity Fair.
Born in Camden Town, London, he has been with his partner Sarah Fisher since 1984 and has two daughters, both of whom are actresses.
Paul Kaye shot to fame in the cult hit It's All Gone Pete Tong in 2004. From there he starred in Match Point with Scarlett Johansson. But more recently we all know him as Thoros of Myr from Game Of Thrones which he was in for four years.
In 1983, Kaye took a year out of university and lived on a kibbutz in Israel, where he met Orly Katz, whom he married in 1989. They have two sons, Jordy and Geffen.
Dervla Kirwan is an Irish actress who is married to Rupert Penry Jones since 2007 and together they have two children. She co-owns the production company Aphra Productions with actress Sarah Parish and has frequently starred in top British and Irish tv shows over the course of her career, including Silent Witness and White Dragon.
In a Telegraph interview in September 2019, Kirwan revealed that for 18 years she battled the eating disorder bulimia.
Ella-Rae Smith's career took off in 2016 when she starred in the tv series Marley's Ghosts. Since then she has starred in Into the Badlands, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and The Stranger. A busy actor, she also has four more movies in post-production.
Now 21-years-old, she was scouted at the age of 13 to become a model during a school trip to Paris and signed her first contract in 2014. She works with Next Models and is a vegan.
There isn't a person living in Britain who doesn't know who Jennifer Saunders is. An iconic comedian, known for her long partnership with Dawn French, they created the French and Saunders show which ran for 30 years. And of course who can forget the epic Edina in Absolutely Fabulous!
She has been married to Ade Edmondson since 1985 and has three daughters. And to cap it all off she has won three BAFTAs, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, two Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards, and a People's Choice Award. Simply put, she is a legend.