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Meet the cast of BBC One sitcom Ghosts

Get to know the all-star cast ahead of this year's Christmas special.

Ghosts Christmas Special 2021
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Published: Tuesday, 21st December 2021 at 5:12 pm

The cast of Ghosts are reuniting for their second Christmas special this year, which sees an unexpected visitor arrive at Button House and get the paranormal inhabitants in quite a tizzy.

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Fans can expect to see the regular cast on top form, while comedy legend Jennifer Saunders is joining the fun as the uptight mother of Lady Button (now we know where she gets it from).

It has now been confirmed that Ghosts will indeed be returning for a fourth series on BBC One next year, so rest assured this isn't the last we'll be seeing of Mike, Alison or their quirky tenants.

If you're looking for a refresher on all the key players ahead of this year's Ghosts Christmas Special, scroll on for everything you need to know about the cast and characters on the BAFTA nominated sitcom.

Charlotte Ritchie plays Alison

Charlotte Ritchie plays Alison in Ghosts series 2 (BBC One)
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Who is Alison? Alison is a young woman who finds out that she has inherited a decrepit country manor from her "step-great-auntie" – a distant relative who died leaving no direct descendants. In the first series, she has a near-death experience that gives her the ability to see ghosts, allowing her to get to know the larger-than-life personalities haunting her new home. She becomes more confident at keeping the spirits appeased, but life in Button House still has its challenges – particularly when an unexpected person enters her life in series three.

Where have I seen Charlotte Ritchie before? She played Nurse Barbara Gilbert on Call The Midwife until making a heartbreaking exit in series seven, and previously starred in Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat as Oregon. Since leaving Midwife she has also co-starred in Netflix's Feel Good and E4's Dead Pixels, as well as making guest appearances in Doctor Who and Death in Paradise.

Kiell Smith-Bynoe plays Mike

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Who is Mike? Charlotte's husband, who moves with her to Button House to help her turn it into a hotel. He isn't able to see the ghosts like Alison can, but does believe that they exist and supports her in coping with them where he can. While the Ghosts writers have dismissed the idea of finding a way for Mike to see his paranormal tenants like his wife can, RadioTimes.com has confirmed that he will be interacting with them more in series three.

Where have I seen Kiell Smith-Bynoe before? He plays Dean in Stath Lets Flats, and has appeared in Enterprice, Man Like Mobeen, Death in Paradise and Bloods.

Mathew Baynton plays Thomas

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Thomas Thorne (MAT BAYNTON) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is Thomas? A failed romantic poet who now haunts Button House. He quickly becomes infatuated with Alison, and finds it hard to accept that she isn't interested in him.

Where have I seen Mathew Baynton before? The Horrible Histories and Yonderland star has also featured in ITV's recent adaptation of Vanity Fair, Quacks, The Split, and Peep Show, as well as Sky's You, Me and the Apocalypse.

Read more: Why BBC’s Ghosts doesn’t need a fourth season

Lolly Adefope plays Kitty

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Kitty (LOLLY ADEFOPE) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is Kitty? One of the ghosts haunting Alison and Mike, Kitty is a Georgian noblewoman who is very kind, but a little bit too eager to be everybody's best friend.

Where have I seen Lolly Adefope before? The comedy star played infuriating roving reporter Ruth Duggan in This Time with Alan Partridge, and also stars in US comedies Shrill and Miracle Workers. She also competed on the fourth series of Greg Davies and Alex Horne's smash hit Taskmaster.

Simon Farnaby plays Julian

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Julian (SIMON FARNABY) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is Julian? A Conservative MP who passed away under embarrassing circumstances. Hint: he's not wearing any trousers. Julian also has the ability to move objects in the real world, but only short distances and with great concentration.

Where have I seen Simon Farnaby before? As well as Horrible Histories and Yonderland, Simon Farnaby has also had roles in Detectorists and This Time with Alan Partridge, as well as a brief cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He also co-wrote family adventure Paddington 2, which received critical acclaim and was a box office hit.

Martha Howe-Douglas plays Lady Button

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Lady Button (MARTHA HOWE-DOUGLAS) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is Lady Button? A distant relative of Alison who passed away in Button House during the Edwardian era. She is extremely pompous and elitist, still considering the house to be her home above all else.

Where have I seen Martha Howe-Douglas before? The Horrible Histories and Yonderland regular also featured in Doctor Foster, and recently made a surprise appearance in EastEnders.

Ben Willbond plays The Captain

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: The Captain (BEN WILLBOND) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is The Captain? A former army officer who fancies himself the leader amongst the spirits in the mansion. It has been heavily implied that the Captain is gay, with one emotional episode revealing he developed feelings for one of his fellow soldiers during the war. However, he did not come out of the closet before his death.

Where have I seen Ben Willbond before? Another Horrible Histories and Yonderland favourite, Willbond has also featured in comedies such as The Thick of It, Bridget Jones's Baby and Tracey Ullman's Show.

Katy Wix plays Mary

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: Mary (KATY WIX) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is Mary? A dim-witted "witch" who was burnt at the stake in the Middle Ages.

Where have I seen Katy Wix before? She played Daisy in Not Going Out, Fergie in The Windsors, and Carole in Stath Lets Flats. Like Lolly Adefope, she also featured in This Time with Alan Partridge earlier this year.

Jim Howick plays Pat

Programme Name: Ghosts - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Pat (JIM HOWICK) - (C) Button Hall Productions - Photographer: Mark Johnson

Who is Pat? Another of the ghosts in Button House: a former scout leader who got an arrow in the neck during a day trip gone horribly wrong.

Where have I seen Jim Howick before? The Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Peep Show favourite made a memorable appearance as teacher Mr Hendricks in Netflix's Sex Education.

Laurence Rickard plays Robin

Ghosts star Laurence Rickard plays Robin the Caveman
Ghosts star Laurence Rickard plays Robin the Caveman BBC

Who is Robin? A caveman and the longest serving ghost in the house by far, Robin also has the ability to make the lights in the house flicker.

Where have I seen Larry Rickard before? As well as Horrible Histories and Yonderland, Rickard has also written for and starred in Tracey Ullman's Show and Tracey Breaks the News.

Laurence Rickard plays Sir Humphrey Bone

Laurence Rickard plays Sir Humphrey Bone in Ghosts
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Who is Sir Humphrey Bone? Humphrey is a ghost from the Tudor period who was beheaded. As a result, his head often detaches from his body and goes missing around the house. In series three, we learn more about the circumstances that led to his grisly fate.

Where have I seen Larry Rickard before? See above.

Jennifer Saunders plays Lavinia, mother to Lady Button

Jennifer Saunders and Martha Howe-Douglas in Ghosts
(L-R) Jennifer Saunders and Martha Howe-Douglas in Ghosts BBC

Who is Lavinia? Lavinia is the overbearing mother of Lady Button who is determined to see her daughter married and settled down in the near future.

What else has Jennifer Saunders been in? Saunders rose to fame as part of the Comic Strip troupe on Channel 4, later forming a double act with Dawn French. The duo specialised sketch comedy for a number of years and later shared the screen again in BBC sitcom Jam & Jerusalem. Saunders is also known for creating the legendary sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, where she co-starred opposite Joanna Lumley.

Christopher Villiers plays Simeon, father to Lady Button

Jennifer Saunders and Christopher Villiers in Ghosts Christmas Special 2021
(L-R) Jennifer Saunders and Christopher Villiers in Ghosts Christmas Special 2021 BBC

Who is Simeon? Simeon is a businessman and father to Lady Button.

What else has Christopher Villiers been in? Villiers played the role of Grayson Sinclair in ITV soap opera Emmerdale, but was written out of the show in 2008. Since then, he has appeared in The ABC Murders, The Royals and Indian Summers, among several other television programmes.

Justin Edwards plays Nicholas

Justin Edwards plays Nicholas in Ghosts
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Who is Nicholas? Nicholas is a homeless man who Mike and Alison find camped out on their lawn. Kitty quickly becomes convinced that he is Father Christmas.

What else has Justin Edwards been in? Edwards has worked with Armando Iannucci on both The Thick Of It and US spin-off Veep, with other small screen projects including Father Brown and Murder in Successville.

Geoffrey McGivern plays Barclay Beg-Chetwynde

Geoffrey McGivern in BBC One's Ghosts
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Who is Barclay Beg-Chetwynde? Barclay is Mike and Alison's wealthy neighbour. He frequently annoys the young couple with his arrogant attitude, but did have a heroic moment on the night Button House was almost burgled.

What else has Geoffrey McGivern been in? McGivern has a brilliant role on the Mitchell and Webb sitcom Back, where he plays the outrageously loudmouthed Uncle Geoff. His other credits include ITV drama Quiz, BBC sitcom Semi-Detached and Grantchester.

Chloé Delanney plays Sophie

Chloe Delanney plays Sophie in Ghosts
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Who is Sophie? Sophie is an associate of Sir Humphrey Bone.

What else has Chloé Delanney been in? Delanney made a brief appearance in Netflix's Cursed.

Leon Herbert plays Mike's dad, Errol

Leon Herbert plays Errol in Ghosts on BBC One
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Who is Errol? Errol is Mike's father, who comes to stay at Button House with the rest of his family for Christmas. He's a kind and caring man, but his eagerness to help in all the preparations rather than simply relax proves frustrating for his son.

What else has Leon Herbert been in? Herbert's previous roles include Eutroclus in fantasy drama Outlander and Dr Kahari on BBC One's Silent Witness. He also appeared in sci-fi blockbuster Alien 3 and made his directorial debut with 2003's Emotional Backgammon.

Lorna Gaye plays Mike's mum, Betty

Lorna Gaye plays Betty on Ghosts
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Who is Betty? Betty is Mike's loving mother who also comes to stay for the festivities. Much like her husband, she finds it difficult to sit down and relax, preferring to find things to help out with.

Timmika Ramsay plays Leila

Samantha Pearl stars in Ghosts Christmas special
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Who is Leila? Leila is one of Mike's sisters who delights in winding him up.

What else has Timmika Ramsay been in? Timmika played Sabelle on Channel 4 drama series Adult Material. She also appeared in an episode of BBC iPlayer's Enterprice, which also featured Ghosts star Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

Samantha Pearl plays Angela

BBC One's Ghosts Christmas Special stars Timmika Ramsay
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Who is Angela? Angela is Mike's other sister who comes to stay for Christmas. Her partner is a paramedic working the busy Christmas shift, meaning it's down to her to look after their newborn baby.

What else has Samantha Pearl been in? Pearl's previous acting credits include Tom Hardy crime thriller Legend and BBC Three comedy Lee Nelson's Well Funny People.

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The Ghosts Christmas special on Thursday 23rd December at 8:30pm on BBC One. Check out more of our Comedy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.

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