DCI John Barnaby is back for more Midsomer Murders, with DS Jamie Winters and pathologist Fleur Perkins by his side – and in series 21 they are joined by some exciting guest stars.
Here’s everyone you need to meet – and the stars who play them…
Neil Dudgeon plays DCI John Barnaby
Who is DCI John Barnaby? The younger cousin of DCI Tom Barnaby, Midsomer’s original star. Once Tom retired, John was transferred from Brighton Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to Causton CID to step into the role. Despite the local murder rate, John Barnaby lives a comfortable life in Midsomer with his wife Sarah, their dog Paddy, and young daughter.
What else has Neil Dudgeon been in? Before he replaced Midsomer Murders star John Nettles in the lead role in 2011, Neil Dudgeon played Jim Riley in the TV series Life of Riley, and also appeared in The Nativity, Silent Witness, Most Evil, Roman’s Empire, Son of Rambow, and Messiah: The Harrowing. One little known fact: Dudgeon was the taxi driver in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason who took Bridget (Renée Zellweger) to meet Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) near the end of the film.
Nick Hendrix plays DS Jamie Winter
Who is DS Jamie Winter? Detective Sergeant Jamie Winter is John’s right-hand man. He’s young, keen, and smart and has a strong relationship with his boss. Jamie has had a string of predecessors as DS, but since joining the show in 2016 he has been determined to make his mark.
What else has Nick Hendrix been in? The actor starred as Billy Wallace in the first series of The Crown, and played Adrian Cooper in Marcella. He has also appeared in Suffragette, Legend, and Black Mirror.
Fiona Dolman plays Sarah Barnaby
Who is Sarah Barnaby? Sarah Barnaby is John’s wife. They have one daughter together, Betty, and a dog called Paddy. Mrs Barnaby is the headteacher of Causton Comprehensive School.
What else has Fiona Dolman been in? Fiona Dolman played Jackie in the TV series Heartbeat. Since then, her TV credits have included The Royal Today, Da Vinci’s Demons, and Waterloo Road.
Annette Badland plays Fleur Perkins
Who is Fleur Perkins? Now in her second series, the formidable pathologist “doesn’t suffer fools gladly” and has a sense of humour, deliberately ruffling feathers. She has a colourful past that includes many husbands and lovers and drives a swanky black Jaguar convertible.
What else has Annette Badland been in? With more than 150 acting credits to her name, Annette Badland is perhaps best known for starring as Babe Smith in EastEnders. You may also recognise her for playing Mrs Fitzgibbons in Outlander, Holodora in The Sparticle Mystery, Mrs Wigmore in Man Down, Margaret Blaine in Doctor Who, or Brawdie Henshall in Cutting It.
Episode 1 guest stars: The Point of Balance
Nigel Havers plays Andrew Wilder
Who is Andrew Wilder? Andrew is the owner of a vast retail owner and the founder of the Wilder Biorobotics Institute, a research facility that develops exoskeletons and prosthetics for amputees, the disabled and the elderly. However, he is suffering from a degenerative condition and expects to be dead within five years – so is preparing to hand down his empire to his daughter.
What else has Nigel Havers been in? Over a long on-screen career, Havers has racked up a slew of credits, with highlights including playing Lord Andrew Lindsay in Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, a recurring role on Coronation Street as Lewis Archer and the role of Tom Latimer in comedy series Don’t Wait Up.
Jaye Griffiths plays Lilly Wilder
Who is Lilly Wilder? Lilly is Andrew’s wife and the step-mother of Heather and Ray. She is also having an affair with Duncan Corrigan, of which Andrew is aware of – and on board with.
What else has Jaye Griffiths been in? Griffiths recently spent three years as part of the cast of Casualty, where she played consultant Elle Gardener. She had a starring role as Ros Henderson on 1990s BBC series Bugs and has also made appearances on The Bill, Doctors, Always and Everyone, Instinct and Silent Witness.
Carolina Main plays Heather Wilder
Who is Heather Wilder? Heather is the daughter of Andrew and stands to inherit his empire when he dies, while she is also seen to be in charge of day to day operations at the Biorobotics Institute. She and her family were the subject of an investigation by murdered journalist Rosa Corrigan.
What else has Carolina Main been in? Main has had recurring roles in the TV shows Blood, Temple and Unforgotten, and has made one-off appearances in Doctors and Grantchester.
Tom Chambers plays Ray Wilder
Who is Ray Wilder? Ray is the other child of Andrew, but does not stand to inherit his retail empire – as his father believes he is more focused on dancing than business. He is one of the participants in the Paramount Dance Extravaganza which is being hosted by the Wilder Institute.
What else has Tom Chambers been in? Chambers is best known for his role as Sam Strachan in Holby City and Casualty and as Max Tyler in Waterloo Road. He is also one of many of this week’s guest stars to have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing – winning in 2008.
Kazia Pelka plays Tanya Brzezinski
Who is Tanya Brzezinski? A dance teacher and another competitive dancer, Tanya was regularly beaten in competitions by the now-murdered Rosa Corrigan.
What else has Kazia Pelka been in? Pelka has appeared in many staples of British TV through the years, including Brookside, Heartbeart, The Bill, Doctors and Casualty.
Danny Mac plays Anton Walsh
Who is Anton Walsh? Tanya’s dance partner, Anton is allegedly responsible for the blackmail campaign that Rachel has been subjected to.
What else has Danny Mac been in? First finding play in the West End – in productions of Les Miserables and Wicked, Mac went to have a regular role as Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage on Hollyoaks from 2011-2015. He was also a Strictly Come Dancing finalist in 2016.
Jack Hawkins plays Jake Hannity
Who is Jake Hannity? Jake has firmly planted himself within the Wilder family, as both Heather’s fiancé and Rays business partner. He is also an army veteran, having served in Afghanistan, and comforts Duncan when he is suffering from trauma-related flashbacks.
What else has Jack Hawkins been in? Hawkins has appeared on shows including Call The Midwife, Harlots and Holby City and has also made several stage appearances.
Faye Tozer plays Rosa Corrigan
Who is Rosa Corrigan? A dancer who is not taking part in the Paramount Dance Extravaganza, rosa works as a journalist and was working on a story about the Wilder family before she is found dead in her home at the start of the episode.
What else has Faye Tozer been in? Tozer is famous for being one of the five members of ’90s pop band Steps, and has also made several stage appearances. She was a contestant on the 2018 series of Strictly, making it to the final and finishing as a joint runner up.
Cassidy Little plays Duncan Corrigan
Who is Duncan Corrigan? Duncan is Rosa’s brother and an army veteran, having served in Afghanistan. He is seen to suffer from PTSD and survivor’s guilt, while he is also an amputee – and often trials the equipment at the Wilder Biorobotics Institute. He is having an affair with Lilly.
What else has Cassidy Little been in? Little had a recurring role on Coronation Street in 2018, and has also appeared on Holby City and Doctors. He appeared on, and won, The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief in 2015.
Natalie Gumede plays Rachel Stevenson
Who is Rachel Stevenson? Ray’s girlfriend and dance partner, Rachel appears to be being blackmailed by an ex-boyfriend and former dance partner.
What else has Natalie Gumede been in? As well as playing Kirsty Soames on Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013, Gumede has had roles on The Persuasionists, Emmerdale and Doctor Who. She is another former Strictly contestant, finishing as a runner-up in the 2013 series.
Christopher Timothy plays Ned Barnaby
Who is Ned Barnaby? Ned is John’s father, who is staying his son while he attends a party for a friend’s wedding anniversary. The pair clash over resentments from John’s childhood.
What else has Christopher Timothy been in? Timothy has previously had regular roles on Doctors and EastEnders, while he has also had an extensive theatre career.
Luke Pierre plays Warren Cunningham
Who is Warren Cunningham? Warren is a worker at the Wilder Biorobotics Institute and works very long hours – often seen drinking an energy drink.
What else has Luke Pierre been in? Pierre appeared in the TV film Agatha and the Truth of Murder in 2018 and also has several theatre credits to his name.