DSI Stella Gibson
Stella Gibson is a Detective Superintendent in Londonís Metropolitan Police who arrives in Belfast to conduct a review into a murder case that has not progressed in the month since the investigation started.
She has experience of the kind of high profile and complex case that the Police Service of Northern Ireland are facing, and it is this skillset that ACC Jim Burns believes can be brought to bear.
Her personal life is an enigma, but Gibson is committed to the cause not her loved ones. She is a fighter through and through and anyone not part of the solution is part of the problem.
Played By: Jamie Dornan
Paul Spector is the other side of Stella Gibsonís coin. He is a husband and a father but it is his actions that come to define him. He too seeks to control the world around him, but unlike Gibson he wilfully transgresses the very rules of society that she seeks to enforce.
His family might induce some sort of feelings of love, but it also provides him with the outward appearance of normality. On the surface at least he is socially competent, persuasive and manipulative. By creating a fantasy and putting it into action he believes he creates his own highly controlled existential reality, his personal microcosm.
He works as a bereavement councillor and in fact his unique lack of empathy makes him a superficially competent one. However, it is the activities that he carries out in the shadows of society that reveal Spectorís true character.
Paul Spector is a serial killer. This is his addiction, and like any addict he needs more of the drug each time to reach a similar high.
Played By: Laura Donnelly
A young professional woman who is targeted by Spector.
Played By: Bronagh Waugh
Sally Ann is Paulís wife and mother to their children, Olivia and Liam. She works as a neonatal nurse and whilst she is caring she is also no-nonsense. Capable and mature, Sally Ann looks at her happiest with a baby in her arms.
Belfast Chief of Police.
DCI Matt Eastwood
Played By: Stuart Graham
Played By: Frank McCusker
PSNI Patrol Off. Danielle Ferrington
Played By: Niamh McGrady
Dani Ferrington is a PSNI patrol officer. Intuitive and sensitive, Ferrington is also physical and tough. Given the opportunity to shine, Ferrington grabs it with both hands, and so when Gibson invites her into the heart of the investigative unit, Dani is determined to prove her worth.
Played By: Ian McElhinney
ACC Jim Burns
Played By: John Lynch
Burns is the Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Policing here is political and Burns is under increasing pressure from the Chairman of the Independent Policing Executive, Morgan Monroe. It was Burnsí idea to bring in Gibson to review the Alice Monroe murder enquiry.
- Butt Monkey: Everything seems to conspire against him.
- Off The Wagon: In the second series, he breaks 5 years of sobriety and tries to rekindle his affair with Stella because he indirectly warned Aaron Monroe to flee Belfast.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with Stella while he was married.
Prof. Tanya Reed Smith
Played By: Archie Panjabi
A pathologist who is assigned to the murder investigation.
Played By: Ben Peel
A Detective Sergeant.
Played By: Gerard McCarthy
A lawyer and friend of Sarah Kay. They work at the same firm.
Played By: Nick Lee
A Belfast journalist, keen on impressing himself upon Gibson and exposing the failings of the PSNI.
- Intrepid Reporter: Believes himself as one, although in reality, his means of getting the latest dirt on the PSNI are downright unethical.
Played By: Karen Hassan
A young accountant who catches the eye of murderer Paul Spector.
Played By: Emmett Scanlan
A Detective Constable assigned to the investigation.
Katrina "Katie" Benedetto
Played By: Aisling Franciosi
A 15 year old girl who babysits Spector's children.
Played By: Eugene O'Hare