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Characters: Primeval

Professor Nick Cutter

A professor of evolutionary zoology, and the leader of the team for the first two seasons, as well as the first three episodes of the third season. A little off-the-wall, not to mention a host of issues relating to his wife, Helen. Played by Douglas Henshall.

Connor Temple

One of Nick Cutter's students. While not initially the most reliable person, Connor is highly intelligent. He's been maintaining his own database of prehistoric creatures for years, and he developed pretty much all of the ARC's technology (save the EMDs). He moves in with Abby partway through Season One, and later enters a relationship with her.

Abby Maitland

A zookeeper who joins the team in the first episode. Abby's primary contribution is her acute understanding of animal behavior and psychology. Enters a relationship with Connor, and proposes to him at the end of Season Five.

  • Action Girl
  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: Threatening Rex will likely result in her beating the crap out of you.
  • Broken Bird: Debatably. The Cretaceous seemed to have a more marked impact on her than it did on Connor. After her return, she rarely shows emotion anymore. The exception is with Connor, as their relationship was only strengthened by their shared adversity.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair grows longer while she and Connor are stuck in the Cretaceous, and she keeps it that way, marking her much cooler demeanor.
  • Hospital Hottie: Abby is a qualified vet.
  • The Lancer
  • Mama Bear: To Rex.
  • Spiky Hair: In season 3 when she really becomes an Action Girl. Apparently in real life, the bleach from the previous two seasons had fried Hannah's hair so it was only just growing back.
  • Tomboy: Subverted. While Abby does have some tomboyish habits, she has several Girly Girl qualities as well. She loves a good Chick Flick, getting dressed up and cute animals.
  • Tsundere: Abby occasionally acts like this towards Connor.


Cutter's TA. Served as the show's resident Badass for the first season. Turns out to have had an affair with Helen in the past. Dies at the end of Season Two.

Claudia Brown

An agent from the Home Office. Vanishes at the end of Season One, due to an apparent alteration of the timeline.

Jenny Lewis

A PR specialist who joins in Season Two. Her main job is to take care of covering up the anomalies.
  • Berserk Button: Crash her wedding, and you WILL pay, as the Hyaenodon found out.
  • The Chick
  • Disposable Fiancée: Her fiancee in season 2 makes a brief appearance and it's not long before she gets cold feet and backs out of it. Averted in season 4 where she marries her new fiancée.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: A justified example. She reveals she knows how to shoot a rifle a few episodes in. It's reasonable to suggest she didn't reveal that skill earlier because she was still getting used to being in situations where it would be useful.
  • Opt Out: Resigns and leaves midway through Season Three, after nearly being killed by a fungus creature.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: A few times in the second season, to show how out of her depth she is.

James Lester

A government minister who is the official head of the ARC.
  • Berserk Button: Lester is normally a very composed guy, who will nevertheless use every means at his disposal to take you down if you either a) usurp his authority or b) threaten his Jag. The former involves political connections and clever subordinates. The latter involves an EMD.
    • An understated bonus point: don't try to usurp his authority while simultaneously implying that the genius he's a bit of a Team Dad towards should fetch you coffee.
  • Da Chief
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold

Helen Cutter

Nick Cutter's wife, who vanished through an anomaly eight years before the show started.

Captain Becker

Veteran soldier, joins the team in Season Three.

Sarah Page

An archaeologist who joins the group in Season Three, with the idea of tracking monsters through history.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Complains in 3.7 that she is never allowed to participate in missions. She got over the trauma of what happened in 3.6 pretty quickly.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Her addition in season 3 brought the main cast of females up to four.
  • McLeaned: Between seasons 3 and 4. Actress Laila Rouass opted not to move to Dublin to film as she didn't want to leave her young daughter.
  • Politically Correct History: Played with. The boy she meets in the Middle Ages does ask first if she's a witch and then if she's from the Holy Lands, obviously not used to seeing a mixed race woman before.
  • The Smart Guy: An additional one as that role was previously filled by Connor. Sarah's intelligence stems from her knowledge of mythical creatures and how they could be traced to real-life prehistoric beasts.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Protests against this in 3.7
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: After Jenny left, she filled the Girly Girl contrast to Abby's Tomboy.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Was cast to appease complaints on the lack of ethnic casting on the show.


A police officer who gets caught up in the ARC's activities in Season Three, and decides to join without asking permission. After Cutter's death, he becomes the new leader of the team.


Takes over the team after Season Three. Actually from the future.
  • The Hero: Although at this point, he's just the team leader.


A cute little Coelurosauravus that Abby keeps as a pet.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Acts like a flying house cat.
  • The Millstone: The Pteranodon in episode 5 started chasing after Connor and almost killed him...because it wanted to eat Rex.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's tiny and adorable!
  • Rule of Cool: He's capable of true flight, which real life Coelurosauravus were most certainly not.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Him disappearing from an episode usually means something bad is going to happen. And as the series progresses further into Cerebus Syndrome, he stops appearing altogether. Fortunately, he's not killed off, though he comes distressingly close, thanks to Connor's herpetophobic ex-girlfriend.
  • Team Pet: A classic example.
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