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Det. Insp. Alec Hardy
Played By: David TennantAlec is an experienced detective from the city who has recently arrived in Broadchurch, wanting a quiet life after a scandal-tinged work history, after having been involved with a major murder trial — in which the suspect was released free of charge after crucial evidence was lost. Initially he and Ellie are hostile to each other as he was chosen over her to head the investigation and due to their differing personalities and views.
Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller
Played By: Olivia ColmanEllie is Alec's colleague, and has a personal connection to Danny's murder, having been friendly with the Latimer family for a number of years. She has lived in Broadchurch all of her life, and her son Tom, who houses a dark secret of his own, had been best friends with Danny. Ellie is deeply affected by the murder, and resents Alec for taking the job she was promised by Superintendent Jenkinson. She acts as liaison with the Latimer family, relaying information which is given to her, and attempting to piece together the events leading up to Danny's death.
Chief Superintendent Elaine Jenkinson
Played By: Tracey ChildsElaine is Alec's and Ellie's boss, and tries to settle Alec into life in Broadchurch. Although she is aware of his past, she does not use it against him, and offers him Ellie's promotion in her absence, having been on a family vacation for three weeks. Ellie is furious when she learns Elaine has given her job to Alec, despite being promised the promotion herself.
The Latimer Family
Played By: Jodie WhittakerBeth is Danny's and Chloe's mother, and Mark's wife. She works at the Broadchurch Tourist Bureau. She is completely overwhelmed by Danny's death, and struggles to cope, telling Ellie that she is further away from herself than she has ever been.
Played By: Andrew BuchanMark is Danny's and Chloe's father, and Beth's husband. He is a plumber. After Danny's death, he began desperately grieving for his son, becoming determined to find the killer.
Played By: Charlotte BeaumontChloe is Beth's and Mark's 15-year old daughter. She is a student currently studying for her GCSEs. Chloe is overwhelmed by her brother's sudden death, but her relationship with an older boy, Dean, is another source of stress.
Played By: Oskar McNamaraDanny (11) is Beth's and Mark's only son, and the victim of the murder.
Played By: Susan BrownLiz is Danny's and Chloe's grandmother, Beth's mother, and Mark's mother-in-law. She is a bursar at the local school that Danny attended. She is completely at a loss following her grandson's death, but manages to be the one who holds her family together.
The Miller Family
Played By: Matthew GravelleJoe is Ellie's husband, and Tom's and Fred's father. Joe is a house-husband, but before the birth of his children, was a paramedic. He does his best to support his wife throughout the murder investigation, but appears not to notice his son Tom's strange behavior.
Played By: Adam WilsonTom is Ellie's and Joe's elder son, and said to be Danny's best friend, though Tom denies this. He is a pupil in the final year of primary school.
Played By: Benji YappFred is Ellie's and Joe's younger son. Joe has been looking after Fred since he gave up his paramedic job.
Played By: Carolyn PicklesMaggie is the editor of the Broadchurch Echo. She is furious when her junior reporter, Olly, makes the decision to tweet the identity of the murder victim and make it common knowledge. She is determined to work with the police, and wants Olly to act with integrity as a journalist.
Played By: Jonathan BaileyOlly is Ellie's nephew and a budding reporter for the Broadchurch Echo. An early mistake, in which he tweets the identity of the murder victim, leads the national press to Broadchurch, a decision which alienates him from his aunt, Ellie Miller, and his boss, Maggie.
Played By: Vicky McClureKaren is a high-flying reporter for the Daily Herald, who is determined to get to the bottom of the murder, and to uncover the whole story.
Played By: Simon RouseLen is Karen's boss at the Daily Herald, and is desperate to get an exclusive on the murder before any of the other national papers.
Rev. Paul Coates
Played By: Arthur DarvillPaul is the resident vicar in Broadchurch. He is the first person in whom Beth confides following Danny's death. He also tutored the local computer club, which both Danny and Ellie's son Tom attended.
Played By: Pauline QuirkeSusan is a local busybody and misanthrope, a former assistant for the Sea Brigade, cleaner and a physical marketing assistant for the local tourist industry. She prefers to observe Broadchurch's day to day business from afar, but takes particular interest in Danny's death, which happened not far from her home.
Played By: Will MellorSteve is a telephone engineer, who initially stumbles upon the investigation when he is called to add extra telephone lines in the police station.
Played By: David BradleyJack is the owner of a local newsagent's shop where Danny used to have a paper round.
Played By: Joe SimsNigel (called Nige) is Mark Latimer's employee at his plumbing firm and is also his best friend. He is very close to the Latimer family, and often helps out with everyday activities such as cooking and cleaning.
Played By: Simone McAulleyBecca is the owner of the local hotel, where Alec is staying during his time in Broadchurch.
Played By: Jacob AndersonDean is a sixth form student studying for his A-levels and is also Chloe Latimer's boyfriend. He is two years older than Chloe.
Played By: Tanya FranksLucy is reporter Olly's mother, and Ellie's sister.
The Killer (SPOILERS)
The Killer (Joe Miller)
Played By: Matthew GravelleDanny Latimer's murderer.