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Sergeant John Porter

Played by: Richard Armitage

  • Defiant to the End: His last words aren't just a profanity-laced tirade against his captors, but also a code that Scott is able to interpret warning about Project Dawn.
  • Killed Off for Real: Very early on by Latif's followers.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Which results in Section 20 recruiting Damien Scott.

Sergeant Michael Stonebridge

Played by: Philip Winchester

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Michael seems pretty even-keeled, but don't give him a reason to kill you.
  • Broken Ace: A level-headed, consummately-professional SAS soldier who cheats on his wife with Kate and lets things get way too personal.
  • Dented Iron: Sometimes has to fight through debilitating injuries.
  • Determinator: Lots of things get in his way over the course of the series. Few of them stay in his way for long.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Often seen with his shirt off.
  • It's Personal: He lets things get to him. Of course, the murder of his wife would get to anyone, but the list doesn't end there.
  • Stuffy Brit: Comes off this way sometimes, especially in comparison to Scott, but has a pretty sharp sense of humor underneath. His patience also has its limits.
    Scott: Oh, yeah, he's not gay. He's British. Easy mistake to make.
    Stonebridge: Fuck you.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Scott
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Craig Hansen

Sergeant Damien Scott

Played by: Sullivan Stapleton

Sergeant Julia Richmond

Played by: Michelle Lukes

  • Action Girl: Can be very handy in combat when she needs to.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Usually downplayed (though she certainly makes British Army camo fatigues look good), but missions in Somalia and Colombia feature her in a bikini and short skirt, respectively. She also ends up having a very explicit sex scene.
  • Mission Control: Her usual role in the Crib. She can put rounds on target when the need arises, too.

Major Hugh Collinson

Played by: Andrew Lincoln

Colonel Eleanor Grant

Played by: Amanda Mealing

  • The Atoner: She planned and led the joint operation that ruined Damien Scott's career and much of his life. When circumstances lead her to recruit him into Section 20, it eventually becomes clear that she wants to make it right.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rescuing Scott from a Nigerian hospital, despite being the only white woman in the building and multiple armed guards in the way.
  • Colonel Badass: Though she usually runs things from the Crib, when she feels the need to handle something herself, she proves quite adept at sneaking in, blending in, killing somebody who needs to die, and disappearing again.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Though Scott tries hard to save her, she kills herself and Latif by detonating an explosive in her pocket.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Trojan Horse, and Scott's career being destroyed.
  • Two First Names: "Eleanor" and "Grant".

Major Rachel Dalton

Played by: Rhona Mitra

Major Oliver Sinclair

Played by: Rhashan Stone

  • Black and Nerdy: Possesses a surprising level of hacking skill.
  • Death Is Dramatic: His execution by ex-Apartheid mercenaries working for Knox is truly heartbreaking. Richmond empties a whole extra magazine into the guy who did it.
  • Non-Action Guy: Averted. When Latif's henchmen find the Crib, Sinclair saves Richmond and shoots some bad guys.
  • Number Two: To Grant and later Dalton.

Captain Kate Marshall

Played by: Eva Brithistle

Colonel Alexander Coltrane

Played by: Jamie Bamber

  • Anti-Hero: He's one of the good guys, but he can be as ruthless as the villains.
  • Colonel Badass: Every action sequence he's in has him kicking ass either physically or with a gun, and in some cases, both.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He misjudged a situation, resulting in the deaths of the men in his command. He responded by developing a drinking problem and getting out of the field.
  • Expy: He's described as "What if James Bond became "M"?", though he's seen out in the field along with his team more often than not.
  • Fanservice: Being played by Jamie Bamber guarantees him at least one Shirtless Scene, making it quite clear that Bamber is a very handsome man, and still sporting the "Bamberceps", as his arms were dubbed during his BSG days. Zarkova lampshades this by deliberately gushing about him:
    Zarkova: (to Novin) "You've seen his cheekbones, his tight little butt, his strong arms, really strong arms. . ."
    Novin: "All right."
  • Hypocrite: He's blasted subordinates for disobeying orders, but then done so himself. He also shot Mac's killer within minutes of talking Novin out of doing it. On a milder note, during a bar fight, he invokes "Queensberry Rules" with his opponent (in other words, "let's fight fair"), then violates them two seconds later so that he can knock the guy out.
  • Improbable Age: His backstory includes an especially traumatic mission as a lieutenant in the Balkans in 1992. At that time, his portrayer would only have been 19 and couldn't possibly have been ranked that high.
  • Informed Flaw: McAllister reveals to the team that he's an an alcoholic and a Shell-Shocked Veteran (after he misjudged a situation and got his team killed), but neither of those tropes is very evident. He's even seen ordering whiskey in a bar at one point, even though most alcoholics shun any kind of liquor upon recovery.

     Project Dawn 


Played by: Jimi Mistry

  • Bad Boss: He'll keep you alive as long as you're useful. After that...
  • Big Bad
  • The Chessmaster: Repeatedly orchestrates decoy terrorist attacks in such a way that the response works in his favor. His plans also have multiple redundancies and backups in the event of a Spanner in the Works like Stonebridge and Scott.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Quietly charismatic and utterly ruthless.
  • The Mole: Impersonates an ISI officer sent to assist Section 20 in order to infiltrate the Crib. It helps that he's former ISI himself.

Mahmoud/ Dr. Iman Zuhari, PhD

Played by: Sasha Behar

A British national who formerly fed WMD secrets to the Pakistani ISI. She claims to be the wife of the spy to try to stay under the radar, but Latif knows who she really is. She wants to surrender to MI-6 in exchange for protection from Latif.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: The attractive English/Middle Eastern woman who brushes off Scott at the hotel bar turns out to be the spy he and Stonebridge are there to extract. And the one the terrorists in the hotel are after.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's a spy in the "left state secrets in a trash can for someone to find" sense, as opposed to the James Bond variety. She panics when things get violent and is generally no help at all to the men trying to keep her alive.
  • He Knows Too Much: Latif wants Mahmoud's information about Trojan Horse, and intends to ensure nobody else can find that information afterwards. He succeeds on both counts.
  • Hot Scientist: A very attractive woman who used to do high-level work in the WMD field.
  • Kick the Dog: Section 20 inadvertently hands her over to Latif, who interrogated her and leaves her dead on the side of the road.


Played by: Iain Glen

  • Death Equals Redemption: In his daughter's eyes apparently. He and Stonebridge are able to rescue her, but he dies in her arms.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He sells arms to African warlords. His daughter is a doctor who cares for the victims of those warlords. He's pretty much dead to her as far as she's concerned, but Crawford loves his daughter nonetheless and is genuinely proud of her.
  • Fallen Hero: Formerly an officer in the Royal Marines, now an unscrupulous international arms dealer.
  • I Have Your Daughter: Agrees to give Section 20 all the information he has on Latif in exchange for their help rescuing his daughter from a Sudanese warlord.
  • Papa Wolf: His daughter may despise him, but he'll still go to war to keep her safe.

Daniel Connelly

Played by: Liam Cunningham


Played by: Mel Raidio

  • Balkanize Me: An Islamic Kosovar Albanian mob boss and drug dealer who runs a criminal empire in Albania and has some corrupt KFOR peacekeepers in his pocket.
  • I Lied: Intends to kill his hostages after their ransom money comes in. Except for the young Dutch woman, who will be forced into sex slavery.
  • You Have Failed Me: Latif is not happy with the attention Hasani's actions have attracted, though he doesn't seem to like him much anyway.


Conrad Knox

Played by: Charles Dance

Craig Hanson

Played by: Shane Taylor

  • Fallen Hero: Former SAS operator turned murderer, terrorist, and Psycho for Hire.
  • It's Personal: Due to the incident with his little brother.
  • Never My Fault: Pulled a You Owe Me on Stonebridge to convince him to push his little brother through SAS Selection against Michael's better judgement. When his brother, a Shell-Shocked Veteran with a drug addiction, suffers a psychotic break during a live-fire exercise and starts shooting his teammates, Michael has to kill him to protect the others. Hanson blames Stonebridge and murders his wife as revenge.
  • Psycho for Hire: Offers his services to Conrad Knox, quickly proving that no job is too dirty.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Served with Stonebridge in Iraq, and saved his life at one point.

Karl Matlock

Played by: Vincent Reagan

  • The Atoner: He regrets having taken part in UN peacekeeping missions during his time as a Legionnaire, since they didn't actually help anyone and at best only delayed the violence they were ostensibly there to stop. As disillusioned as he is, he believes in Knox's vision of a United Africa.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With the much-younger Jessica Kohl. Exactly how close they are is unclear, but he trusts her with his life and she's comfortable being topless around him.
  • Noble Demon: He's a mercenary willing to kill if he must, but he's working for Knox out of idealism, doesn't care for vendettas, tries to avoid any unnecessary violence, and when taking a young child and his mother hostage, tries to shield them from violence and treats them as well as he can, even going out of his way to let the kid play soccer on a World Cup field.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Refuses to go along with it when post-Villainous Breakdown Knox decides to just start nuking cities. Unfortunately, Hanson enforces the Resignations Not Accepted policy.
  • Old Soldier: An American veteran of the French Foreign Legion, highly-decorated at that.
  • Token Good Team Mate: Follows Knox because he believes in his vision and wants to apply his skills to do some good in the world.

Jessica Kohl

Played by: Natalie Becker

Rebekah Levy

Played by: Lyne Renee

Christy Bryant

Played by: Stephanie Vogt

  • Femme Fatale
  • The Man Behind the Man: She "suggests" several of Knox's moves, most notably the assassination of Walter Lutulu.
  • Rogue Agent: A CIA field officer in Africa who assisting Knox. It turns out the CIA was not supporting Knox and was only interested in recovering the stolen nuclear warheads. Langley disavows her once they realize what she's been up to.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was Scott's handler when he did wetwork for the CIA, while also having an affair with him. She claims the affair was genuine, while Scott bitterly describes it as "A couple of killers fucking between marks." Nevertheless, she's still able to manipulate Scott through his attraction to her.

Walter Lutulu

Played by: Eamonn Walker

     Shadow Warfare 

Leo Kamali

Played by: Zubin Varla

James Leatherby

Played by: Dougray Scott

  • Axe-Crazy: "Violent and unstable" would be an understatement.
  • Brave Scot: Not so much brave as psychotic, but he’s immensely proud of his Scottish Heritage. Stonebridge quickly starts calling him “Braveheart” just to piss him off.
  • Depraved Homosexual: His monologue during his sex scene makes it clear just how sadistic and racist he is. Each successive scene sees him more violent and unhinged.
  • Fallen Hero: Former SAS, now a terrorist for hire.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He thinks his boyfriend might have cheated on him. How does he react? He shoots his boyfriend through the hand, then shoots the guy who Leatherby thinks he might have cheated with.
  • Hypocrite: Blatantly hits on Stonebridge, then tortures his own boyfriend on the mere suspicion of infidelity.


  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Gives zero fucks about his associate's ideology and motivations, he initially cooperated to make a ton of money. This led to his son's death, which made it personal.
  • The Mafiya: Russian Mob boss who’s working with Al Zuhari/ Kamali.
  • You Killed My Son: His coke-snorting prick of a son Viktor was killed in Colombia by Scott and Stonebridge, who took him for just another cartel mook. Ulyanov wants payback.


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