DCI John Luther is back for a fifth series of maverick crime fighting on BBC1 – but he’s got a brand new sidekick and a whole fresh set of villains to take down.
The four-part series – possibly the last ever run of the hit crime drama – will kick off on New Year’s Day and is set to be as chilling and gruesome as ever.
Meet the new faces joining Idris Elba’s detective, as well as the original cast members who are back for series five.
Idris Elba as DCI John Luther
Who is DCI John Luther? A maverick murder detective with a messy personal life, Luther’s passion for his work and ignorance of the rules is always getting him into dangerous situations.
What else has Idris Elba starred in? Elba is a prolific TV actor: he is critically acclaimed for his portrayal of gangster Stringer in The Wire, and has appeared in the US version of The Office, The Big C, Guerrilla and In the Long Run, which he also created.
He has also had big parts in numerous blockbuster movies including Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok – having played Heimdall in both films – as well as Molly’s Game and The Mountain Between Us.
His forthcoming projects include the films Hobbs and Shaw, Cats and Three Thousand Years of Longing and the Netflix series Turn Up Charlie.
Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan
Who is Alice Morgan? Alice is the enigmatic, psychopathic killer whose guilt Luther was unable to prove after she killed her own parents in series one. The pair have a strange, mutual fascination and a complicated romantic history with each other. After a hiatus she re-enters Luther’s world in series five, and as usual gets him into a lot of sticky situations.
What else has Ruth Wilson starred in? The actress was most recently seen in the TV drama Mrs Wilson, in which she played her own grandmother. She is well-known for her starring roles in the series The Affair, The Prisoner and Jane Eyre and the movies Dark River and The Little Stranger. Wilson is also set to appear in His Dark Materials.
Who is DS Catherine Halliday? Luther’s new sidekick Halliday is young, bright and intuitive – and doesn’t know what she’s in for with her erratic boss.
What else has Wunmi Mosaku starred in? Mosaku won a Bafta for her role as mother Gloria Taylor in the BBC drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy. She is also known for her performances in Fearless, The End of the F***ing World and Kiri. Her forthcoming projects include the HBO series Lovecraft Country and the movies Sweetness in the Belly and His House.
Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin Schenk
Who is DSU Martin Schenk? The Detective Superintendent is Luther’s steely, deceptively observant boss.
What else has Dermot Crowley starred in? You might have seen Irish actor Crowley in Hard Sun, Father Figure, Raw and Bleak House. He has also appeared in the films The Death of Stalin and The Foreigner.
Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius
Who is George Cornelius? Notorious London gangster Cornelius is an old-school geezer and an enemy of Luther’s – and he won’t let him forget it.
What else has Patrick Malahide starred in? Malahide is best known for playing Balon Grejoy in Game of Thrones, and he has also had TV roles in Indian Summers, Hunted and The Paradise.
Hermione Norris as Dr Vivien Lake
Who is Dr Vivien Lake? A psychiatrist who Luther encounters when he is investigating a swathe of brutal murders.
What else has Hermione Norris starred in? The actress stars as Karen Marsden in Cold Feet, and has also been seen in Innocent, In the Club, The Crimson Field and Spooks.
Michael Smiley as Benny Silver
Who is Benny? Computer hacker Benny is invaluable, both as a friend and a colleague, to Luther. He is always prepared to put his neck on the line for Luther and help him investigate a case maverick style.
What else has Michael Smiley starred in? Spaced fans will know Smiley as cult hero Tyres, but he has also had starring roles in Channel 4’s Utopia, BBC comedy Father Figure, and the films Kill List, A Field in England and The Lobster.
Paul McGann as Mark North
Who is Mark North? He is the former lover of Luther’s ex-wife Zoe. Having previously been rivals, the two men found a mutual understanding through their grief after she died.
What else has Paul McGann starred in? McGann is best known for playing the eighth doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie. He first rose to prominence in the BBC’s The Monocled Mutineer and went on to star in Withnail And I, Our Mutual Friend, Ken Russell’s The Rainbow, Empire Of The Sun, Hornblower, Collision and Holby City.
Luther series five begins on New Year’s Day at 9pm on BBC1