Meet the cast of Jed Mercurio crime thriller Bloodlands

Everything you need to know about the cast of Bloodlands – BBC One's new crime thriller starring James Nesbitt.

James Nesbitt and Lola Petticrew in Bloodlands

After three extremely tense episodes, the fourth and final instalment of BBC One’s Northern Ireland-set crime drama Bloodlands aired on BBC One tonight.


Chris Brandon’s series, which is executive produced by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio, follows DCI Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) as he searches for Belfast-based serial killer Goliath – and there have been twists and turns aplenty in the build-up to the show’s climax.

The second episode ended with a huge bombshell which saw the show slightly change tack for its third episode, and that looks set to continue in the grand finale.

Ahead of that final episode, here’s everything you need to know about the stellar cast of Bloodlands.

If you want to read up on all the latest Bloodlands theories, check out our recap of of episode one, and if you’re tempted to start the BBC One drama, have a read of our four-star review.

James Nesbitt plays Tom Brannick

James Nesbitt

Who is Tom Brannick? Tom is a Detective Inspector with the Police Service of Northern Ireland who finds himself once again on the hunt for the serial killer, known as Goliath, that two decades prior murdered four people – including Tom’s wife.

Where have I seen James Nesbitt before? Nesbitt is best known for starring in Cold Feet, Murphy’s Law, Steven Moffat’s Jekyll, The Missing and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. He also appeared in The Hobbit trilogy as Bofur.

Lisa Dwan plays Tori Matthews

Lisa Dwan

Who is Tori Matthews? Tori is a friendly doctor who returns to Belfast after living abroad to look after her ill mother and teaches Tom’s daughter Izzy at Queen’s University. Her medical knowledge comes in handy when Tom asks for her help on the case.

Where have I seen Lisa Dwan before? Dwan made her TV debut in Disney’s 1997 movie Oliver Twist and has since appeared in Irish soap Fair City, FX drama Trust and crime drama Top Boy as well as 2014 film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain.

Lorcan Cranitch plays Jackie Twomey

Lorcan Cranitch

Who is Jackie Twomey? Jackie is Tom’s boss within the PSNI who previously worked with him on Goliath’s case, has spent 40 years in the force and thinks Tom shouldn’t be dredging up the past whilst working on his current case.

Where have I seen Lorcan Cranitch before? Cranitch is best known for appearing in BBC drama Parnell and the Englishwoman, ITV’s Cracker, Shackleton, Hornblower, Waking the Dead, Spooks and The Bill.

Charlene McKenna plays Niamh McGovern

Charlene McKenna

Who is Niamh McGovern? Niamh is a no-nonsense Detective Sergeant who works alongside Tom and reveals very little about her personal life. She is an instinctive officer who constantly pushed Tom to reveal more about the Goliath case he’s been told to drop.

Where have I seen Charlene McKenna before? McKenna rose to fame in Ireland after starring in six-part drama Pure Mule, before appearing in Irish dramas Raw, Single-Handed and Whistleblower. She played Josie in Being Human and has appeared in Merlin, Misfits, Ripper Street and BBC drama Vienna Blood.

Ian McElhinney plays Adam Cory

Ian McElhinney

Who is Adam Cory? Adam Cory is the brother of one of Goliath’s victims, who Tom and Niamh visit for more information about the murders.

Where have I seen Ian McElhinney before? McElhinney is best known for playing Granda Joe in Derry Girls, Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones and Morgan Monroe in The Fall. He has also appeared in Doctor Who, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Ripper Street.

Flora Montgomery plays Superintendent McAllister

Superintendent McAllister

Who is Superintendent McAllister? McAllister is the superintendent on Pat Keenan’s case who tells Tom Brannick to pursue any leads to Goliath he can find –  but she’s quickly replaced by Jackie Twomey when he decides he wants to get involved.

Where have I seen Flora Montgomery before? Montgomery has appeared in shows such as Endeavour, Midsomer Murders, Murphy’s Law and more  recently, A Very English Scandal and Life.

Lola Petticrew plays Izzy Brannick

Lola Petticrew

Who is Izzy Brannick? Izzy is Tom’s daughter who is studying medicine at Queen’s University.

Where have I seen Lola Petticrew before? Petticrew has appeared in BBC One drama Come Home, comedy-drama My Left Nut, film Dating Amber and upcoming series Anne Boleyn.

Chris Walley plays Billy ‘Birdy’ Bird


Who is Billy ‘Birdy’ Bird? Billy is a member of Tom and Niamh’s team of investigators who helps uncover an important breakthrough in the case.

Where have I seen Chris Walley before? Walley is best known for starring in BBC Three comedy The Young Offenders and for playing Private Bullen in Sam Mendes’ 1917.

Michael Smiley plays Dinger

Michael Smiley

Who is Dinger? Dinger is a crime scene investigator who is examining the bodies found on the island in Belfast Lough. He’s worked with Tom Brannick before and has his own suspicions around the Goliath case.

Where have I seen Michael Smiley before? Smiley is a comedian and actor who rose to fame as Tyres in Channel 4’s Spaced and went on to appear in Luther, Black Mirror, Doctor Who and films such as Shaun of the Dead, The Lobster, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Nun.

Cara Kelly plays Siobhan Harkin


Who is Siobhan Harkin? Siobhan Harkin is the widow of Joe Harkin, an IRA quartermaster believed to have been killed in 1998 by Goliath.

Where have I seen Cara Kelly before? Kelly has appeared in Taggart, Waterloo Road, Shetland, Trust Me and more recently, Elizabeth Is Missing.

Peter Balance plays Pat Keenan

Peter Ballance

Who is Pat Keenan? Pat Keenan is a senior member of the IRA with links to organised crime who is believed to be missing when his car is found in the Strangford Lough.

Where have I seen Peter Balance before? Balance has appeared in The Bill, Game of Thrones, 6Degrees and My Mother and Other Strangers.

Kathy Kiera Clarke plays Claire Keenan

Kathy Kiera Clarke

Who is Clare Keenan? Claire is the wife of Pat Keenan, a senior member of the IRA who has gone missing and whose car police found submerged in the Strangford Lough.

Where have I seen Kathy Kiera Clarke before? Clarke is best known for playing Aunt Sarah in Derry Girls but has also appeared in Cherrybomb, The Ice Cream Girls, Bitter Harvest and The Pale Horse.

Asan N’Jie plays Larry


Who is Larry? Larry is Izzy’s boyfriend.

Where have I seen Asan N’Jie before? N’Jie is best known for starring in Mount Pleasant and Emmerdale as well as for roles in Agatha Raisin, Ready Player One and Vera.

Susan Lynch plays Heather Pentland

Susan Lynch

Who is Heather Pentland? Heather is a detective brought onto the Goliath case in the show’s later episodes.

Where have I seen Susan Lynch before? Lynch is best known for starring in films such as Beautiful Creatures, From Hell, Ready Player One and Downton Abbey as well as series like Happy Valley, Killing Eve and Sex Education.


Bloodlands aired on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 21st February. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.