[[folder: Main Characters]]

!!Edmund Reid

->'''Played by:''' Matthew [=MacFadyen=]

Detective Inspector of H Division. He begins the series as a man mourning his daughter as well as cursing his inability to catch the Ripper before becoming increasingly more unstable in his pursuit of justice.


* ByTheBookCop: Edmund Upright, [[TitleDrop pure as the driven]] snow. [[spoiler: However his morals are called into question in season 2.]]
** Becomes a CowboyCop due to the influence of Jackson, the corruption in Whitechapel, and his own hypocrisy.
* DistressedDude: Count the number of times he needs to be saved.
* FairCop: Matthew [=MacFadyen=] is a very handsome man and often plays the role of MrFanservice.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Reid likes to present himself as a LawfulGood ByTheBookCop but the fact is that he's actually quite corrupt. He pawns off the job of beating information out of suspects to Drake and turns a blind eye to Jackson's many crimes because he's useful and that's just at the start. Later, he's outright arranging duels to the death in the street. Gradually, he gets exposed as someone every bit as dark as some of the people he holds in disdain.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's trying to police the most crime-ridden section of London with nowhere near enough resources yet still tries to be a good cop.
* TheLeader: Of the main trio and of H-division.
* PapaWolf: Will kill or break any law to find out the truth of what happened to his daughter.
* PoliceBrutality: Is more than happy to organize it even if he tends to keep his own hands clean.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: With Deborah Goren in S1, and Jane Cobden in S2 - although by S2 he and Emily are estranged]].

!!Bennett Drake

->'''Played by:''' Creator/JeromeFlynn

Sergeant for H division. Served in Egypt as a soldier. Eventually falls in love with Rose the HookerWithAHeartOfGold [[spoiler: and marries her.]]

* BrokenPedestal: Gradually develops one of these to Reid as the man's {{Hypocrite}} nature comes to the fore. Reid often relies on Bennet to do dirty work which he wouldn't do himself.
* LanternJawOfJustice: The same as Jerome Flynn.
* TheBigGuy: Not quite the tallest (Reid's actor is slightly taller), but the most intimidating looking, and the go-to guy for punching people and kicking in doors.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Someone in-universe points out that "drake" is a male duck. Averted for those who know it is also a name for a dragon.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: After Bella's suicide.]]
* PoliceBrutality: Has this as part of his job on behalf of Inspector Reid.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Is sympathetic to a VillainOfTheWeek (and his former commanding officer) who points out they came home to a London which had no use for them despite their sacrifices.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Reid, at least at the start.

!!Homer Jackson/[[spoiler:Matthew Judge]]

->'''Played by:''' Adam Rothenberg

Former army surgeon and Pinkerton. Came to the area under mysterious circumstances with Long Susan.

* BadassBookworm: He is the Whitechapel coroner.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Sobriety and a conventionally professional attitude aren't his strong points. Fortunately, forensic science is.
* TheCoroner: Jackson's official role, although he has also been seen gathering information and kicking ass.
* TheGunslinger: One of the few characters who even carries a gun (with good reason), and indeed he is marked as American more than once by it.
* IHaveManyNames: He's changed his name and skipped town when things got too hot at least once; it's implied that this is something of a habit for him. Though [[spoiler:Matthew Judge]] does appear to be his original name, as his brother has the same surname.
* {{Jerkass}}: He goes out of his way to sleep with Rose after learning that Drake was sweet on her. Did we mention the madam of the house ''is his wife?''
* OfficialCouple: He married Susan [[spoiler: and they had to flee from her [[DatingWhatDaddyHates angry father]].]]
* PinkertonDetective: Formerly one of these and a damned good one at that.
* TheSmartGuy: Is a surgeon and chemist in addition to his skills as a detective as well as a gunslinger.
* SmokingIsCool: Is rarely seen without a cigarette in his mouth.


[[folder: Secondary Characters]]

!!Susan Hart ("Long Susan") / [[spoiler:Caitlin Swift]]

->'''Played by:''' [=MyAnna=] Buring

The local madame and wife of Homer Jackson.

* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: She pronounces her real name "Caitlyn" the modern way, "Cayt-lyn". In the 19th century, it would have been pronounced "Cathleen".
* CostumePorn: She gets some gorgeous Victorian dresses
* DamselInDistress: In "Become Man"
* FakeBrit: Played by British based Swedish actress MyAnna Buring [[spoiler: also one in universe too as the character is from the USA, making her a FakeAmerican]]
* TheGunslinger: She carries a pistol with her and gives it to one of her girls, who was working the police to find Rose, in "What Use Our Work".
* LetsGetDangerous: At times. She's certainly comfortable with a pistol.
* MamaBear: Very much so, notable toward Lucy and Rose.
* MissKitty: A somewhat zig-zagged trope version as while she cares for her girls, her interests come before them and she's not above exploiting them for her own gain.
* OfficialCouple: With Jackson. [[spoiler: It's why she left her luxurious life; [[DatingWhatDaddyHates her father didn't approve of him]].]]
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: [[MamaBear She killed that man that was about to kill one of her girls]]. In S3... less sympathetic.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Comes from one of the richest families in America.

!!Fred Best

-> '''Played by:''' David Dawson

An unscrupulous journalist that is often at odds with Reid.

* BreakTheHaughty: He's almost never right [[spoiler: then he lost his ear (see below)]].
* BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler: It's not totally incongruous with his other appearances, simply something that never comes up in his antagonistic interactions with the H Division team, but his private tenderness and concern for his boyfriend in ''Threads Of Silk And Gold'' is quite sweet, as well as shedding some light on his earlier position on moral hypocrisy.]]
%%* TheDandy
* EarAche: [[spoiler: The Pinkerton looking for Caitlin Swift cut off his ear when he refused to reveal her location.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** In the first episode, he gets into a physical scuffle with Reid and counters Reid's own attempts to shake him down by suggesting he knows more than he lets on about the man's DarkAndTroubledPast and wouldn't be afraid to tell the wrong kind of people. Shady, manipulative smartass not afraid to employ underhanded methods when under pressure or just for kicks? Sounds like Best.
** For the second season: Best [[spoiler: adjusting his prosthetic in the mirror, saying wryly to himself "Who's to say you are not beautiful?".]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* PaperThinDisguise: [[spoiler:The false ear attached to his glasses he starts wearing in series 2.]]
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:As of ''"Threads Of Silk And Gold"''.]]

!! Rose Erskine

-> '''Played by:''' Charlene [=McKenna=]

One of Susan's hookers.

* DamselInDistress: Twice. In "I Need Light" and "What Use Our Work?"
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Until season two, when she becomes a waitress.
* JustFriends: With Drake.
%%* NiceGirl
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Beats down the group of cultist trying to kill her and Drake.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Drake. [[spoiler: Resolved]] as of S3.

!! Hobbs

-> '''Played by:''' Jonathan Barnwell

A young cop in H Division

* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed. He always follows through with his orders, including those to watch the engineer's wife, but [[spoiler: he then goes up against [[TheBrute Goodnight]], against whom he stands no chance, and dies.]]
* NiceGuy
* NonActionGuy: While he might be a cop, he's only been shown in one fight, [[spoiler: in which he loses his life.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Has shades of this.
* TagalongKid: The other officers even refer to him as "the boy".
%%* TheQuietOne
* WidowWoman: [[spoiler: Leaves one behind when he dies.]]

!!Bella Drake

->'''Played by:''' Gillian Saker

The woman Bennett Drake married between the first and second season.

* {{Cult}}: [[spoiler:She is secretly part of one.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: She was part of a cult and her daughter died.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After her cult was arrested, she stabs herself because she believed she could never repair her relationship with Bennett.]]
* HappilyMarried: With Bennett [[spoiler: until it was horribly subverted.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Nearly, but marrying Bennett saved her from that.
%%* SecondLove: And painful aware of it.

!!Albert Flight

->'''Played by:''' Damian Moloney

A young Irish constable who transfers to H-Division from Bloomsbury.

* DarkAndTroubledPast: He was "A little Paddy wretch, destined for jail or an early grave" before he joined the police.
* DrivenToVillainy:[[spoiler: He has to do Shine's bidding, because Shine's in possession of Flight's damning criminal record. Though for the most part, Shine's kept him in the dark about how he uses the information Flight supplies him with.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Twice. First when he realises that Shine must have killed Joseph Merrick, and again when he watches Shine kill Nathaniel Hinchcliffe.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: H-Division thinks he is one for [[spoiler: Hobbs]].
* TheIdealist: He wants to be a good man.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:He's actually sent to Whitechapel by DI Shine, to report on whether Reid is about to discover any more of Shine's corrupt schemes.]]
%%* WalkingSpoiler: Pretty much.

!!Jedediah Shine

->'''Played by:''' Joseph Mawle

Head of Limehouse K-Division, and thoroughly corrupt.

* AmbitionIsEvil: The promotional material describes him as "A man obsessed by his own power and will. A will that has corrupted him and, if he has his way, will corrupt all and everything that falls within his reach."
* ArchEnemy: serves as Edmund Reid's most amoral and formidable foe.
* BigBad: Half the episodes of series 2 revolve around stopping him somehow. [[spoiler: But he's actually part of a BigBadDuumvirate with slumlord Silas Duggan. He kills off people so Duggan can usurp their properties.]]
* DirtyCop: Very much so. He's particularly prone to murdering witnesses that might expose his corruption.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He's got a girlfriend in his first episode, and seems to treat her well. [[spoiler: Subverted when he when he lets Reid haul her off to jail even going as far as to say he doesn't know her. Might be played strait with Reid's daughter Matilda whom he consul her about her father's recent action. Matilda was the reason why Shine didn't proceed to kill Reid when he had the chance.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Edmund Reid. Both are Detective Inspectors well known in there respective divisions and are suppose to uphold the law held in Whitechapel. The difference is that while Reid is a ByTheBookCop who actually tries to this as best as he can and make Whitechapel as safe as he can for everyone, while Shine is a DirtyCop who frequently undermines the law making things in Whitechapel worse so he could benefit from it.
** Also serves as one to Bennet Drake. Both serve as [[TheBigGuy right hand muscles]] for some they know Reid and [[spoiler: Duggan]] respectively . Though while Drake is [[UndyingLoyalty always trying to help Reid]] and has strong morals, Shine isn't shown helping [[spoiler: Duggan]], unless [[DragonWithAnAgenda he benefit from it]] and has no moral qualms whatsoever[[spoiler: at least until series 5.]] Also while Drake always had strong feelings for Rose ever since the show first started, [[spoiler: even when he was married to someone else]], Shine seems to be in a healthy relationship with a girl he met in his time in China, [[spoiler: only to abandon her when she gets arrested by Reid with out a second thought under the course of '''one''' episode.]]
* EvilEyebrows: Has a serious pair of them.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: So much that viewers have trouble understanding what he's saying at times.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He usually acts very friendly, and smiles most of the time, but underneath it all lies a thoroughly corrupt man.
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler: He doesn't work for Duggan for the money, he simply likes killing.]]
* TheHeavy: [[spoiler: While he does work for Duggan, much of the series 2 is focused on stopping him.]]
* LargeHam: He's got his moments.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: After escaping justice in series 2, he returns in series 5 [[spoiler: though his health is failing and he eventually takes his own life by morphine injection]].
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: The murder of Joseph Merrick.]]
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Joseph is said to be a very nice guy in real life.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: He seems to think so a lot of the time.
* PetTheDog: Him of ''all'' people performs this. [[spoiler: Once having Edmund Reid at his moments he proceeds to beat him up and have spectators watch. After besting Reid he prepares to kill him until he sees Reid's daughter Matilda as one of the spectators. Have grown fond of her, he decides to spare his life and arrest him instead.]]
* PsychoForHire: [[spoiler: was under Duggan's employment while carrying out his unsavory deeds and enjoys performing them.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Just ask the charred boy!


->'''Played by:''' Joe Gilgun

The adult leader of a gang of street urchins.

* BritishTeeth: In a show where most characters seem to have very good teeth for Victorian London, his stand out.
* BurnTheOrphanage: He tries to literally do it.
* EvilEyebrows: They have life of their own.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Smokes evil pipe while preparing to kill.
%%* KubrickStare.
* MadEye: He seems to be able to move his eyes independently of each other.
* TattooedCrook: His hands are covered with tattoos in the shape of playing cards, each representing a different crime.
%%* TheFagin.