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Meet the cast of ITV crime drama Grace

John Simm and Richie Campbell star in the Brighton-based crime series.

John Simm, Zoe Tapper and Richie Campbell in Grace
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Published: Friday, 20th May 2022 at 11:01 am
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Season 2 of ITV's Grace ends this Sunday, as DS Grace and DS Branson investigate a body dredged up from the seabed of the English Channel in episode 4, Dead Tomorrow.

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The hit crime drama is adapted from the bestselling Roy Grace novels by Peter James, with the first novel, Dead Simple, being adapted last year.

This season has been making its way through the second, third, fourth and fifth, titled Looking Good DeadNot Dead EnoughDead Man's Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow. You can read our ending explainers for episode 1, episode 2 and episode 3 here.

John Simm leads the cast as Roy, alongside Richie Campbell (Small Axe) and Rakie Ayola (Shetland) as Glenn Branson and Alison Vosper respectively. Meanwhile, new cast members include Zoë Tapper and Craig Parkinson, who have both made big entrances this season.

Read on for everything you need to know about the cast and characters in Grace.

John Simm plays DS Roy Grace

John Simm as Roy Grace
John Simm as Roy Grace ITV

Who is DS Roy Grace? Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is a methodical, "hard-working police officer who has given his life to the job". Several years ago his wife went missing, and since then he appears to have adopted more unorthodox methods in his work, even consulting with a medium (otherwise known as a clairvoyant) in order to track down missing persons. In Dead Tomorrow his new relationship with mortician Cleo Morey has hit the brakes - can they make it work despite his continued obsession with his wife's disappearance?

Where have I seen John Simm before? Simm is probably best known for playing the Master in Doctor Who, and detective Sam Tyler in the acclaimed Life on Mars. Other projects have included Collateral (as David Mars), Strangers, Trauma, Cold Courage, and The Village alongside Maxine Peake.

Richie Campbell plays DS Glenn Branson

Richie Campbell as Glenn Branson
Richie Campbell as Glenn Branson ITV

Who is DS Glenn Branson? Roy Grace's former protégée, he's now a high-flying police detective with a stable home life. He worries about his old friend Grace and is no fan of his unorthodox methods. After getting shot at the end of Looking Good Dead, he's been back on active duty since Not Dead Enough – but has he come back too soon?

Where have I seen Richie Campbell before? Campbell plays Chris in Top Boy, and Liam Sutcliffe in Liar. He also starred in BBC One anthology series Small Axe, playing Rothwell Kentish in the episode 'Mangrove'.

Rakie Ayola plays ACC Alison Vosper

Rakie Ayola as Alison Vosper
Rakie Ayola as Alison Vosper.

Who is ACC Alison Vosper? Assistant Chief Constable Vosper has been putting out fires ever since DS Roy Grace publicly admitted that he used a medium to track down a missing person - and she's about done with his unapologetic attitude.

Where have I seen Rakie Ayola before? The actress is known for Noughts + Crosses (as Prime Minister Opal Folami), Shetland (as Olivia Lennox), Brexit: The Uncivil War, The Pact, No Offence (as Nora), and Michaela Coel's Netflix film Been So Long.

Craig Parkinson plays DS Norman Potting

Craig Parkinson as Norman Potting in Grace.
Craig Parkinson as Norman Potting. ITV

Who is DS Norman Potting? DS Potting is an old school cop who joins the team when extra manpower is needed on the investigation. He is occasionally a little too blunt and sometimes politically incorrect, but is steady, dependable and gets results.

Where have I seen Craig Parkinson before? Parkinson is perhaps best known for his role as DI Matthew Cottan on Line of Duty, but also recently appeared on Doctor Who as the villainous Grand Serpent. He has also appeared in series such as Temple and The English Game.

Zoë Tapper plays Cleo Morey

Zoë Tapper as Cleo Morey.
Zoë Tapper as Cleo Morey. ITV

Who is Cleo Morey? Cleo is Senior Anatomical Pathology Technician at Brighton’s mortuary, and is in a fledgling relationship with Grace. She has a brilliant sense of humour, brims with confidence and is devoted to her work. She tries to give the dead victims who come through the mortuary halls back some of the dignity that was taken from them.

Where have I seen Zoë Tapper before? Tapper is best known for her roles in series such as Mr Selfridge and Liar. She also recently appeared in Netflix series The One and BBC's Rules of the Game.

Laura Elphinstone plays DS Bella Moy

Laura Elphinstone as DS Moy.
Laura Elphinstone as DS Moy. ITV

Who is DS Bella Moy? DS Moy is sharp, clever and has great instincts. She looks after her ailing mother but keeps her personal life very private.

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Where have I seen Laura Elphinstone before? You'll know her as Brandyce in Line of Duty, among various other roles in the likes of Military Wives, Des, Chernobyl (as Oksana), and Game of Thrones.

Grace season 2 concludes on ITV and ITV Hub on Sunday 22nd May at 8pm. If you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide and our Drama hub. 

If you want to start reading Peter James' Roy Grace series, you can purchase Looking Good DeadNot Dead EnoughDead Man's Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow on Amazon now.

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