Meet the cast of The Halcyon

Olivia Williams, Mark Benton and Kara Tointon all star in ITV's new Second World War period drama

Edward Bluemel – Toby Hamilton


Who does he play? Toby has lived his life under the shadow of Freddie, the elder twin. He’s sharp, clever and gifted with a promising academic career, but the lack of love from his father has left him bitter and at odds with the Hamilton name. We meet him during a time of great transition as he grapples with his romantic feelings and forges his own path in wartime London.


Where have I seen him? Bluemel is a promising newcomer to the world of television.

Mark Benton – Dennis Feldman


Who does he play? Benton adds a comic streak as the hotel’s affable concierge and resident fixer. He’s a wheeler-dealer who is fiercely loyal to Garland and always talks sense.

Where have I seen him? Like Kara Tointon, Mark Benton is a Strictly Come Dancing alumnus. He starred in Waterloo Road as maths teacher Daniel Chalk, and he’s also been in Early Doors and Northern Lights.

Charity Wakefield – Charity Lambert


Who does she play? Charity Lambert is nasty. She’s Lord Hamilton’s latest affair, but she wants to force their relationship out into the open – and get at his wife. She is also a strong proponent of appeasement and has fascist sympathies.

Where have I seen her? Wakefield appeared as Mary Boleyn in Wolf Hall. She has also been in the Doctor Who Christmas special.

Beverley Knight – Ruby 


Who does she play? Betsey discovers that Sonny has pulled a sickie to perform with Ruby at the Cafe de Paris in London, instead of with her at The Halcyon. “Is she better than me?” asks an offended Betsey.


Where have I seen her? Oh, you know, she’s only a world-famous singer.