Characters / Ripper Street

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     Main Characters 

Edmund Reid

Played by: Matthew MacFadyen

Detective Inspector of H Division.

Bennett Drake

Played by: Jerome Flynn

Sergeant for H division. Served in Egypt.

Homer Jackson/Matthew Judge

Played by: Adam Rothenberg

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

  • Badass
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sobriety and a conventionally professional attitude aren't his strong points. Fortunately, forensic science is.
  • The Coroner: Jackson's official role, although he has also been seen gathering information and kicking ass.
  • The Gunslinger: 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.
  • I Have Many Names: 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 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?
  • Official Couple: He married Susan and they had to flee from her angry father.
  • Pinkerton Detective: Formerly
  • The Smart Guy
  • Smoking Is Cool

     Secondary Characters 

Susan Hart ("Long Susan") / Caitlin Swift

Played by: MyAnna Buring

The local madame.

Fred Best

Played by: David Dawson

An unscrupulous journalist that is often at odds with Reid.

  • Break the Haughty: He's almost never right then he lost his ear (see below).
  • Beneath the Mask: 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.
  • Ear Ache: The Pinkerton looking for Caitlin Swift cut off his ear when he refused to reveal her location.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • 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 Dark and Troubled Past 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 adjusting his prosthetic in the mirror, saying wryly to himself "Who's to say you are not beautiful?".

Rose Erskine

Played by: Charlene McKenna

One of Susan's hookers.


Played by: Jonathan Barnwell

A young cop in H Division

Bella Drake

Played by: Gillian Saker

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

Albert Flight

Played by: Damian Moloney

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

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was "A little Paddy wretch, destined for jail or an early grave" before he joined the police.
  • Driven to Villainy: 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Twice. First when he realises that Shine must have killed Joseph Merrick, and again when he watches Shine kill Nathaniel Hinchcliffe.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: H-Division thinks he is one for Hobbs.
  • The Idealist: He wants to be a good man.
  • The Mole: 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Pretty much.

Jedediah Shine

Played by: Joseph Mawle

Head of Limehouse K-Division, and thoroughly corrupt.


Played by: Joe Gilgun

The adult leader of a gang of street urchins.