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Main characters of The Professionals

George Cowley

Portrayed by: Gordon Jackson
"I have progressed to triple think."

The head of CI5, Cowley is the undisputed genius of tactical thinking.


  • Badass Bureaucrat: He can play the political game as well as anyone and sometimes joins the younger guys in the action and can handle himself in the fight.
  • Cool Old Guy: He’s ex-army and demonstrates that he’s still handy with a weapon. He's a very cool boss to Bodie and Doyle.
  • Drink Order: His favourite tipple is single malt Scotch whisky.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Cowley is definitely not a nice man, considering what he puts his agents through for the good of the realm, but he does put other people before himself and works in the best interests of the public.
  • In-Series Nickname: ‘The Cow’ to his agents and ‘Morris’ to his old army friends.
  • Majorly Awesome: He served as an officer in the British Army, where he attained the rank of major.
  • Not So Stoic: He's usually very deadpan and doesn't show his emotions. However, he is visibly upset when he fails to save several witnesses from hitmen in an early episode. He is also angered by Barker taking a hospital full of sick people hostage.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: A leg injury that he got during the Spanish Civil War still aggravates him, fueling his acerbic nature.

Raymond Doyle

Portrayed by: Martin Shaw
"Never use ingenuity when brute force and ignorance will do. It only saps the brain cells and you need to save all of yours!"

One of the best agents in CI5, ex-cop Doyle is partnered with Bodie. He's the nicer of the two and a bit of a bleeding heart.


  • Adorkable: Yes, he’s a badass CI5 agent and ex-copper, but it’s been noted by the fandom that he has a “ridiculously appealing, dorky-looking grin”, has moments of tongue-twistedness when talking to women he fancies and the less said about his dancing the better.
  • Adventures In Coma Land: Has a whole episode of this in "Discovered in a Graveyard" when he's comatous. He gets better.
  • Badass in Distress: Doyle gets kidnapped or tied up several times during the show, although he does tend to become a Badass out of distress.
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  • Carpet of Virility: He has a hairy, manly chest. It was the 70's...
  • Cool Shades: He often wears sunglasses.
  • Dead Partner: His cop partner and father-figure, Syd Parker was killed during a routine patrol after ensuring that Doyle would be kept out of harm's way.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: Doyle fairly often draws with his left hand and fires before switching to his right.
  • Heroic BSoD: Briefly shuts down emotionally in "The Rack" after possibly killing a suspect in custody. Bodie snaps him out of it.
  • Informed Ability: Doyle is apparently an artist, but we never even see him pick up a pencil during the course of the series.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He frequently considers resigning in order to live a normal life, but it's implied that he would miss the excitement of the job.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Noted to have been the best shot with a handgun in the Met. and pulls off several near impossible shots.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mostly called Ray, but also notably ‘Angelfish’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘Goldilocks’ and ‘Batman’.
  • Manly Tears: Cries openly when Bodie is critically injured and being wheeled into surgery.
  • Real Men Cook: He's a good cook and maintains a healthy lifestyle.

William Andrew Phillip Bodie

Portrayed by: Lewis Collins
"I believe in *me* because I was born tall, dark and beautiful... and engagingly modest of course."

An ex-mercenary and now member of CI5, Bodie is charismatic, violent and happy to play the 'Bad Cop' to Doyle's 'Good Cop'.


  • Badass in Distress: He's a hero and badass most of the time, but gets held hostage and Strapped to a Bomb by some German Terrorists in "The Fugitive".
  • Blood Knight: He loves to fight. Clearly revels in being as destructive and scary as possible.
  • Carpet of Virility: Has a manly, hairy chest. It was the 1970's...
  • The Casanova: In his own words he'll bed any woman "under fifty, still warm and comes across".
  • Child Soldier: His background. He ran away to sea and became a mercenary in Africa at the age of fourteen.
  • Cultured Badass: He can smash down doors and quote Keats at the drop of a hat.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was a mercenary and apparently spent some time in an Angolan Prison at some point. In "Where the Jungle Ends", we find out that one of his first loves was murdered by his old mercenary group.
  • Embarrassing First Name: William. Usually it's not so bad a name, but he doesn't like it. The combination with his middle names does it.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Andrew Phillip, all the princes (he was such a regal-looking baby)
  • Mr. Fanservice: In his own words: tall, dark and beautiful. And shows of that hairy chest of his.
  • Hidden Depths: Appears as a thug to most, but is actually surprisingly cultured and poetic.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The closest person for him in the world is his buddy Doyle. Touch Doyle and Bodie will END you.
  • Improbable Age: He was in the Navy, a mercenary in Angola, a soldier, an SAS sergeant and then a CI5 agent by the age of twenty-five.
  • Last-Name Basis: Doyle is Doyle or Ray, but Bodie is only ever Bodie.
  • The Nicknamer: Has a cornucopia of nicknames especially for Doyle.
  • Overly Long Name: William Andrew Phillip Bodie. No other main character has a middle name, but Bodie has TWO.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Bodie quotes poetry, dresses well, knows how to wine and dine and… wears pink occasionally. He also drinks a lot of milk. This led to the fandom meme ‘Real Men Drink Milk’.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's talk and has a dark colouring. However, in his own words, he's tall, dark and beautiful, actually.


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