Meet the cast of Harlots

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Danny Sapani – William North 


Who does he play? William North is Margaret’s partner and lover. He also serves as the house “bully” (doorman) and even serves the odd female client. He’s a good foil to Margaret: this is a relationship of equals, without jealousy. Together they have a young son, Jacob.

Where have I seen him before? Danny Sapani plays Marlon in Chewing Gum. He was also Berber the Moor in The Bastard Executioner, Sembene in Penny Dreadful, and Tony Morecombe in Misfits. If you think back to 2011 you might also remember him as Colonel Manton in Doctor Who.

 Douggie McMeekin – Charles Quigley 


Who does he play? Charles is Lydia’s only child – or at least, the only one she’s kept. Unfortunately he’s a bit of a disappointment, a dissolute who spends his indulgent mother’s money and sleeps with whoever he likes, providing girls and drugs to his “friends” as he tries to climb the social ladder. He sways between a humorous and loathsome character. 

Where have I seen him before? Douggie McMeekin has more experience on the stage than the screen, starring in Wendy & Peter Pan and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Hugh Skinner – Sir George Howard 


Who does he play? Sir George is a silly man and a figure of amusement, but with his status in society he can do a lot of damage when he has a temper tantrum. He’s only recently married to Lady Caroline Howard, but he’s obsessed with becoming Charlotte’s keeper and is prone to jealous rage. He wants to possess Charlotte entirely – even if that means dressing up in her clothes and make-up.

Where have I seen him before? Hugh Skinner is a familiar face on TV. He played Wills in The Windsors, Unwin Trevaunance in Poldark, Harry in Fleabag, and Will Humphries in W1A. 

Holli Dempsey – Emily Lacey 


Who does she play? Emily Lacey is the top earner in Margaret’s house, but she’s ambitious and thinks she’s better than the other girls. She wants to move on to greater things. 


Where have I seen her before? Holli was in Derek, New Worlds, Breathless, The Aliens and Plebs.