Meet the cast of Black Work

Sheridan Smith leads the three-part drama but who's who?

Ace Bhatti – DCI Jahan Kapoor


Leading the investigation into Ryan’s death isn’t an easy business but it’s the task handed to DCI Jahan Kapoor. The detective has only recently joined the team and wasn’t even nearly half as close to Ryan as the rest of them. That’s something that alienates him from many of the other officers.


Where have you seen him before?

Bhatti is best known for his portrayal of EastEnders villain Yusef Khan from 2010-11.

Carla Henry – Vicki Stanton


Vicki’s a friend and colleague of Jo’s who is quite close to the whole Gillespie family. She finds herself having to take on a new role when Ryan is killed, acting as Jo, Hal and Melly’s Family Liaison Officer.

Where have you seen her before?

Remember Queer as Folk? Stanton starred as Donna in the acclaimed TV series.

Sharon Duce – Barbara Gillespie


Ryan’s mum Barbara hasn’t always seen eye to eye with Jo but her heart’s the right place. She arrives shortly after her son’s death to take care of Hal and Melly, leaving Jo with plenty of time to pursue her husband’s killer.

Where have you seen her before?

Best known for Big Deal, Duce’s face might look rather familiar: she also starred in Doctor Who, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Growing Pains, The Tomorrow People and London’s Burning, to name but a few.

Lisa Dillon – Carla


Ryan’s first wife – and the mother of his teenage son Hal – is not in the slightest bit impressed to learn that Jo initially kept the policeman’s death a secret from her. Hal spends a lot of time with his mum and she threatens to retake full custody of him.

Where have you seen her before?

Cranford’s Mary Smith played Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane Wilde opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in 2004’s Hawking.

Honor Kneafsey and Oliver Woollford – Melly and Hal

Melly and Hal are half siblings – he’s Ryan’s son from a previous relationship while she’s Ryan and Jo’s daughter. Hal always got on quite well with his step-mum while his dad was alive, and she was a more stable influence in his life than his biological mum, Carla. Melly, meanwhile, got on quite well with her dad, but she can’t really comprehend his death at all.

Where have you seen them before?

Honor starred in Our Zoo and Friday Night Dinner while Oliver made quite the impression playing a rather violent young man in Channel 4’s Utopia.


This article was originally published in June 2015

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