Meet the cast of Vera series nine

Brenda Blethyn's DCI Vera Stanhope is back for four new episodes with an impressive ensemble cast

Episode 3 guest stars

Robert James-Collier plays Richard

Robert James-Collier (Getty)

Who is Richard? A businessman who invests in the hospitality industry. He owns the boat which hosted the booze cruise where Dani died.


What else has Robert James-Collier been in? His most famous role is in Downton Abbey, playing Thomas Barrow – a role he is set to reprise in the upcoming Downton movie. Recently he starred in an episode of Death in Paradise, and he’s also been in The Level, A Christmas Star, and Coronation Street – as Liam Connor.

Shivani Ghai plays Lisa Varsey

Shivani Ghai plays Lisa Varsey in Vera

Who is Lisa Varsey? Successful businesswoman Lisa Varsey is owner of an empire of beauty salons in Newcastle. She was hosting a lavish boat party on the River Tyne when her sister went overboard.

What else has Shivani Ghai been in? After starring as Ayesha Rana in EastEnders, the actress went on to play Arika in Dominion, Amal Mansoor in London Has Fallen, and Felicity in The Catch. Her other credits include House of Saddam, Identity (starring Keeley Hawes), and Five Days II.

Patrick Baladi plays Ross Varsey

Patrick Baladi plays Ross Varsey in Vera

Who is Ross Varsey? Lisa’s caring husband. He runs the training side of the family business.

What else has Patrick Baladi been in? He played Neil Godwin in The Office. You may also have spotted him in Marcella (as Stephen Holmes), Line of Duty (as lawyer James Lakewell), Stella (as Michael Jackson) and No Offence (as Lionel Dirkin).

Russ Bain plays Nial

Russ Bain plays Nial in Vera

Who is Nial? The boyfriend of victim Dani. The Varsey family are keen to blame him for her death, but Nial maintains his innocence.

What else has Russ Bain been in? The actor has appeared in a handful of minor roles in Bodyguard, Manhunt, Snatch and The Rack Pack. He voices characters in video games, including characters in State of Mind, Battlefield V, Spellforce 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Sonita Henry plays Sadie

Sonita Henry plays Sadie in Vera

Who is Sadie? Lisa (and Dani)’s sister.

What else has Sonita Henry been in? As pictured above, she starred as Raika in Krypton. Sonita Henry recently appeared as Daria Shubik in Luther, and has also taken on roles in Doctor Who (as Colonel Meme), Olympus, The Good Karma Hospital, and Star Trek.

Elizabeth Berrington plays Paula

Elizabeth Berrington plays Paula in Vera

Who is Paula? A member of the Varsey family.

What else has Elizabeth Berrington been in? Recent credits include Stella, Patrick Melrose, Little Boy Blue, and Vanity Fair – where she played the awful Lady Bareacres. She has also featured in Doctor Who, Being Eileen, Waterloo Road, Camping, Black Mirror and Doctors.

Additional guest stars for episode 3:

  • Natasha Atherton plays victim Danielle, otherwise known as Dani
  • Gordon Kennedy plays boat captain Eddie
  • Laura Jane Matthewson plays Eddie’s daughter and crew member Kirsty
  • Esther Hall plays coastguard Gayle
  • Natalie Gumede (best known for Coronation Street and Strictly) plays hairdresser Megan Sibisi

Episode 2 guest stars

John Hollingworth plays PC Shawn Turnly

John Hollingworth plays PC Shawn Turnly in Vera

Who is PC Shawn Turnly? Local cop PC Turnly knows everybody in town. When a body is found and a murder investigation opened, he must work with Vera and her team to track down the killer – but will his connections to the local area be a help or a hindrance?

What else has John Hollingworth been in? The actor is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Henshawe in Poldark. His other credits include Dark Angel, Doc Martin, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Hour, Top Coppers, and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Chelsea Edge plays Kayleigh Mincham

Chelsea Edge plays Kayleigh Mincham in Vera

Who is Kayleigh Mincham? Stroppy teenager Kayleigh works at the cafe in town, waiting tables. She is estranged from her dad Gary, who owns the struggling boatyard where the body of murder victim Caden is found.

What else has Chelsea Edge been in? She appeared as the real Alice Webster in The Missing, and starred in Wolf Alice’s music video for Don’t Delete the Kisses.

Dean Fagan plays Dave Miller

Dean Fagan plays Dave Miller in Vera

Who is Dave Miller? Down at the Ferrycross Estate, Dave tries to keep the local kids out of trouble at his community centre.

What else has Dean Fagan been in? The actor spent four years starring as Luke Britton in Coronation Street. His other credits include Homefront, Fresh Meat, and All at Sea.

Louis Healy plays Tyler Lennon

Louis Healy plays Tyler Lennon in Vera

Who is Tyler Lennon? The younger brother of murder victim Caden Lennon. The two of them have been raised in care after the death of their mother, and Tyler is a vulnerable teenager full of rage and grief.

What else has Louis Healy been in? He appeared in the TV series Hetty Feather, as well as Scott & Bailey, Doctors, and Sometimes Always Never.

Additional cast for episode two:

  • Ben Robinson plays murder victim Caden Lennon
  • Sam Chapman plays bathroom attendant and drug addict Declan Price
  • Deka Walmsley plays boatyard owner (and Kayleigh’s dad) Gary Mincham
  • Pauline Turner plays Kayleigh’s mum Bridie Mincham
  • Stephanie Street plays the Lennon brothers’ foster mum Christine Madden
  • Vineeta Rishi plays yacht club boss Nita Dajani
  • Jonny Lavelle plays boatyard employee Alan White
  • Mark Addy plays ex drug-dealer and local club owner Tony Briggs
  • Lorcan Cranitch plays café owner and neighbourhood busybody Roy Brewer
  • Assad Zaman plays surf instructor Lee Nadella
  • Matt Cross plays Nathaniel “Nat” Halpin

Episode 1 guest stars

Peter Davison plays Matthew Wells

Peter Davison plays Matthew Wells in Vera

Who is Matthew Wells? The senior forensic psychologist of Northumberland’s prison, HMP Scanton. He worked with the murder victim, Joanne Caswell, who was a trainee forensic psychologist.

What else has Peter Davison been in? Doctor Who star Peter Davison played the Fifth Doctor, and is also the father of Georgia Moffett – who appeared in the BBC time-travel show and went on to marry David Tennant. Davison’s other credits include Sink or Swim, Law & Order: UK, Toast of London, and Liar. He’ll soon appear in the TV series Gentleman Jack.

Seeta Indrani plays Sandra Main

Seeta Indrani plays Sandra Main in Vera

Who is Sandra Main? Matthew Wells’ loyal and capable office co-ordinator at HMP Scanton.

What else has Seeta Indrani been in? The actress recently played Bryce in the TV drama Unforgotten, and portrayed Dr Amira Shah in the Jodie Whittaker thriller Trust Me. Indrani also appeared in Catastrophe, playing the character Harita, and spent several years starring as Dr Lily Hassan in Doctors.

Additional cast for episode one:

  • Sharon Singh plays murder victim and trainee forensic psychologist Joanne Caswell
  • Amira Ghazalla plays her mother Ava Caswell
  • Adrian Lukis plays her father Graham Caswell
  • Faith Alabi plays her girlfriend Melanie Kirk
  • James Atherton plays football coach Kieran Webb
  • Jodie McNee plays Kieran’s wife Natalie Webb
  • Andrew Readman plays retired detective Jim Paisley
  • Sean Cernow plays ex-inmate Paul Eastman
  • Caitlin Drabble plays a former inmate’s little sister Ashleigh Beck
  • Gerard McDermott plays bereaved father Frank Payne