Meet the cast of The Halcyon

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

Adil Joshi – Akshay Kumar

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Who does he play? Adil works as a barman at The Halcyon. We won’t give too much away but he’s got his eye on Toby Hamilton.

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Where have I seen him? Kumar has been in Homeland, Legends, and he also has a small role in Star Wars: Episode VIII.


Billy – Ewan Mitchell

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Who does he play? If Billy had a Downton Abbey equivalent he would be William Mason, the earnest First Footman who was in love with Daisy but went off to war and came back in a box. In this case, Billy is a bell-boy whose mother Peggy (Liz White) works on the switchboard. He’s turning 18 and is desperate to go off to war, though mum is worried he’ll be cannon fodder. It looks like he also has a secret passion for Kate, a maid at the Halcyon.

Where have I seen him? Mitchell is a newcomer to the world of television. This could be his breakout role.


Max Klein – Nico Rogner 

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Who does he play? Austrian Jewish refugee Max turns up at the hotel to join the kitchen staff in episode one. But it’s a struggle for Richard and Emma Garland to protect him from Chef (Kevin Eldon), who showers him with anti-German and anti-semitic abuse. Mr Klein is an accomplished chef whose family are stuck behind in France at a very dangerous time.

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Where have I seen him? Rogner has not been in many English TV shows or productions, but he has an impressive portfolio from his native Germany. He can also speak French and Italian (yet again, impressive), so he’s acted in films from Séraphine to Tag der Wahrheit to La buona battaglia – Don Pietro Pappagallo.