Meet the cast of 2020’s Silent Witness series 23

Emilia Fox, Richard Lintern, David Caves and Liz Carr are joined by a collection of guest stars for the new series of Silent Witness


Episode 3 & 4 guest stars


Will Thorp plays Peter Forbes

Will Thorp plays Peter Forbes in Silent Witness

Who is Peter Forbes? A bereaved father, whose son Jason disappeared on his way home from judo training. Six months later, the boy’s body has been found – and Peter demands answers.

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What else has Will Thorp been in? Having spent some time playing Paul ‘Woody’ Joyner in Casualty, Will Thorp went on to play Chris Gray in Coronation Street a few years later. He played the character Toby Zed in David Tennant-era Doctor Who, and is also a prolific stage actor and narrator of audiobooks – lending his voice to a series of Doctor Who novels.


Lily Bevan plays Tina Forbes

Lily Bevan plays Tina Forbes in Silent Witness

Who is Tina Forbes? Jason’s mother. She is devastated by the loss of her son, who was a judo champion.

What else has Lily Bevan been in? The actress played Emily in Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars.


Sophia Di Martino plays DCI Claire Ashby

Sophia Di Martino plays DCI Claire Ashby in Silent Witness

Who is DCI Claire Ashby? The Senior Investigating Officer in the Jason Forbes case. Young and ambitious, Claire has quickly reached the rank of DCI.

What else has Sophia Di Martino been in? Having played Amber in Mount Crescent, Amy in Channel 4’s Flowers, Carol in Yesterday, and Lily in Into the Badlands, Sophie Di Martino will soon be appearing in the hotly-anticipated Disney+ series Loki.


Charles Babalola plays DS Mike Macneil

Charles Babalola plays DS Mike Macneil in Silent Witness

Who is DS Mike Macneil? Claire’s Detective Sergeant.

What else has Charles Babalola been in? Most recently, he was seen playing another Detective Sergeant – DS Andy Bevan – in the ITV crime thriller Bancroft. Other credits include Kulonga in The Legend of Tarzan, Andrew in Mary Magdalene, Tusk in Black Mirror episode Hated in the Nation, DS Jesse Rawlins in Thirteen, and Ade in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. He also starred opposite Bryan Cranston in a stage production of Network.


Tom Goodman-Hill plays AC Tim Holloway

Tom Goodman-Hill plays AC Tim Holloway in Silent Witness

Who is AC Tim Holloway? The Assistant Commissioner. He knows Clarissa from a case they worked on together years ago, and now he’s come to the Lyell Centre with the Jason Forbes case instead of the local pathology lab. DCI Claire Ashby is his protégé.

What else has Tom Goodman-Hill been in? Recently he starred opposite Molly Windsor and Katherine Kelly in ITV drama Cheat, playing Adam. Tom Goodman-Hill is also known for playing Joe Hawkins in Humans, and has appeared in Everest, The Imitation Game, and Mr Selfridge.


Andre Flynn plays Malcolm Wilde

Who is Malcolm Wilde? The obvious suspect in the Jason Forbes murder. He works as a locksmith.

What else has Andre Flynn been in? After starting out with a role as Gaston in The Musketeers in 2016, the young actor has appeared in Jamestown (above), Papillon, and Blue Iguana.


Robert Pugh plays Robert Wilde

Robert Pugh plays Robert Wilde in Silent Witness

Who is Robert Wilde? Malcolm’s father.

What else has Robert Pugh been in? The Welsh actor played Craster in Game of Thrones, and in recent years has starred as Mr John Osborne in Vanity Fair, Jack Reynolds in Doctor Foster, and Lord Wynnstay in Mr Selfridge – alongside Silent Witness co-star Tom Goodman-Hill (above). This is actually Robert Pugh’s third appearance in Silent Witness: he’s also popped up as different characters in 1999 and 2008.


Phil Davis plays Mick Ramsden

Phil Davis plays Mick Ramsden in Silent Witness

Who is Mick Ramsden? You’ll have to wait and see…

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What else has Phil Davis been in? As a prolific character actor, Phil Davis has appeared in Vera Drake, Bleak House, Notes on a Scandal, Hampstead, Riviera, and Being Human. He was Jud Paynter in Poldark, and played DS Ray Miles in Whitechapel. Last time he appeared in Silent Witness he was playing “Derek Pargeter” in a couple of episodes from 2008.


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