James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor cast in BBC1 drama The Missing

The Monroe and Mr Selfridge actors will star in the BBC1 series focussing on a family searching for their missing child

James Nesbitt is set to star alongside Mr Selfridge actress Frances O’Connor in a new drama series from BBC1, entitled The Missing.


The Hobbit, Monroe and Cold Feet actor will play Tony opposite O’Conner’s Emily, a husband and wife whose child Oliver disappears while they are on holiday in France.

In the aftermath of Oliver’s disappearance, Tony’s obsessive search to find his child fractures his relationship with his wife and “threatens to destroy his life.” Meanwhile in France, Julien (played by Tcheky Karyo), a police detective who worked on the original missing child case, still cannot shake the feeling that Oliver might still be alive. 

Polly Hill, the BBC’s head of independent drama said: “We are pleased to announce such an exciting cast that brings together the best of British and French actors, led by James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor and Tcheky Karyo, in this powerful new drama for BBC1.”

“It’s rare to find a new take on the detective drama, so it’s a real pleasure to be involved with a project that both embraces the genre while finding incredibly exciting new ways to play with it. Great writing and a fantastic cast add up to something very special,” added Company Pictures’ managing director John York. 

The missing, made by New Picutres and Company Pictures in associated with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground, will air on US channel Starz as well as BBC1 later this year. Filming has started in Brussels for the series, which also stars Jason Flemyng, Ken Scott, Arsher Ali and Titus De Voogd.