Lucy Beaumont's Channel 4 comedy series Hullraisers returns for season 2 this week, once again focusing on three very different female friends and native Hullians.


Taj Atwal (playing Rana), Leah Brotherhead (Toni) and Sinead Matthews (Paula) lead the cast as the titular Hull-based friends, who viewers quickly warmed to in season 1 – and things are only set to get more chaotic and hilarious in the second instalment.

With a couple of new characters promised for season 2, the new season will also see Atwal, Brotherhead and Matthews reprise their leading roles.

Speaking about season 2, executive producers Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell from Fable Pictures said: “We’re chuffed to bits to be heading back to Hull for more adventures by the Humber. Our Hullraisers will be getting into bigger, wilder scrapes this time - we can’t wait to share what our brilliant writers are cooking up. We’re especially glad to be doing all this with our pals at Channel 4 - there is truly no better home for a female working class comedy with masses of heart.”

So, just who will be returning for season 2? Read on for all the cast members and central characters in Channel 4's Hullraisers.

Hullraisers cast: Full list of actors and characters in Channel 4 comedy

Please find the full cast list for Hullraisers season 2 below. Scroll on to find out more about the characters and where you may have seen the actors before.

  • Leah Brotherhead as Toni
  • Sinead Matthews as Paula
  • Taj Atwal as Rana
  • Perry Fitzpatrick as Craig
  • Natalie Davies as Ashley
  • Matilda Firth as Grace
  • Yanick Ghanty as Dane
  • Shobna Gulati as Nima
  • Jaylan Batten as Jake
  • Oliver Turner as Luke
  • Felicity Montagu as Gloria
  • Tom Bennett as John Fox
  • Sam Swainsbury as Pickles

Taj Atwal plays Rana

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Taj Atwal plays Rana in Hullraisers

Who is Rana? Toni's best friend and sister-in-law to Paula, she's described as "a powerhouse policewoman whose daily life is ruled by her libido. She’d rather ‘investigate’ the full spectrum of Hull’s hottest bachelors than settle down".

Where have I seen Taj Atwal before? She played PC Tatleen Sohota in Line of Duty and Roxy in The Syndicate, and has starred in Memory, Truth Seekers, No Offence, Stella, and In the Club, among other projects.

Leah Brotherhead plays Toni

Toni in Hullraisers
Leah Brotherhead plays Toni in Hullraisers

Who is Toni? An "impulsive" and chaotic aspiring actress with no acting credits to her name, she's a mum to 4-year-old Grace but still daydreams about pre-parenthood and leaving Hull.

Where have I seen Leah Brotherhead before? Brotherhead has starred in the likes of Vera, Bridgerton (as Joanna in the episode Swish), White Gold, Zomboat!, and Doctors.

Sinead Matthews plays Paula

Sinead Matthews plays Paula in Hullraisers

Who is Paula? Toni's sister, and married to Rana's big brother Dane, she's a mother-of-two and a real homebody, in contrast to her younger sister.

Where have I seen Sinead Matthews before? You might recognise her as Marcia Williams in The Crown, Emma in Michaela Coel's Chewing Gum, Miss Topsey in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, or as the Bennet family's singing maid in the Keira Knightley film Pride and Prejudice. She's also starred in The Boat That Rocked, Black Mirror, and The Smoke.

Yanick Ghanty plays Dane

Yanick Ghanty plays Dane in Hullraisers Channel 4

Who is Dane? Husband to Paul and Rana’s big brother, he has two kids, 17-year-old Ashley and seven-year-old Jake.

Where have I seen Yanick Ghanty before? He starred Bring On the Bollywood, and several TV series documentaries including Spy Wars and World's Most Evil Killers.

Perry Fitzpatrick plays Craig

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Perry Fitzpatrick plays Craig in Hullraisers

Who is Craig? Toni's "soulmate", whom she adores.

Where have I seen Perry Fitzpatrick before? He recently played DS Chris Lomax in Line of Duty, and Johnny in We Hunt Together. He's also starred in Suspects, Drifts, and I Am Nicola (opposite his Line of Duty co-star Vicky McClure).

Tom Bennett plays John Fox

Perry Fitzpatrick as Craig, Tom Bennett as John Fox and Felicity Montagu as Gloria in Hullraisers season 2.
Perry Fitzpatrick as Craig, Tom Bennett as John Fox and Felicity Montagu as Gloria in Hullraisers season 2. Channel 4

Who is John Fox? John Fox is a new love interest for Craig's mum Gloria (Felicity Montagu) but due to the pair's 15-year age gap, Craig takes a while to warm up to this new step-father figure.

Where have I seen Tom Bennett before? Bennett has starred in numerous British TV shows including Foyle's War, Eastenders and Midsomer Murders. More recently, he has featured in Rocketman and After Life.

Sam Swainsbury plays Pickles

Taj Atwal as Rana and Sam Swainsbury as Pickles in Hullraisers.
Taj Atwal as Rana and Sam Swainsbury as Pickles in Hullraisers. Channel 4

Who is Pickles? Pickles is Rana's new police partner and although they're polar opposites, could something more be on the cards for this pair?

Where have I seen Sam Swainsbury before? Swainsbury is known for his role as Jason in BBC sitcom Mum and Ruby Speaking. He has also featured in Thor: The Dark World, Victoria and Fearless.

Hullraisers season 2 will air on Channel 4 on Thursday 9th November at 10pm, with all episodes available to watch from then as a boxset on All4.

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