Meet the cast of McDonald & Dodds
The detective drama stars Jason Watkins, Tala Gouveia, and some big-name guest actors.
McDonald & Dodds is now in its third season on ITV, with their latest case set to see the team sucked into the fast and furious world of Formula 1.
The new season of course sees the main cast return, including Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia as the titular duo, but there's also a new cast member in a particularly pivotal role.
Claire Skinner has joined the cast this season as the new Chief Superintendent, named Ormond, who has already started ruffling a few feathers amongst the squad.
Guest stars in the second episode of season 3 include Paul McGann, Kelvin Fletcher, Naoko Mori and Louise Jameson, while returning stars include Lily Sacofsky and Danyal Ismail.
Read on for everything you need to know about the cast for McDonald & Dodds season 3, as well as those who have appeared in episodes past.
Jason Watkins plays DS Dodds
Who is DS Dodds? Described as "shy" and "unassuming", DS Dodds has "happily languished on the shelf for most of his working life." He's been working quietly and diligently at his desk in Bath for years without anyone taking much notice, but now his boss is hoping to push him into early retirement – so he's been paired with DCI Lauren McDonald and forced out into frontline action, which is quite a shock to the system. However, instead of giving up and taking his pension, Dodds proves himself a talented detective with "a hidden talent for deciphering puzzles."
What else has Jason Watkins been in? Jason Watkins has had a prolific acting career across screen and stage, winning a BAFTA and bagging an Olivier nomination. He recently starred alongside David Tennant in the ITV crime drama Des (as Brian Masters), while international viewers might recognise him as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in season three of The Crown. He's also played Roger in Hold the Sunset, Gavin in Trollied, Tim Ifield in Line of Duty, and Emlyn Hooson in A Very English Scandal. Other major roles have included William Herrick in Being Human, Simon Harwood in W1A, and the lead role in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; and the actor has also been in Taboo, Our Zoo, and Doctor Who.
Tala Gouveia plays DCI Lauren McDonald
Who is DCI Lauren McDonald? A "wildly ambitious" Detective Chief Inspector transferred from the "mean streets of South London" to the quiet streets of Bath. She is young, talented, often underestimated, and is described as "a tough, driven, battering ram of a cop who cracks cases through sheer force of will." McDonald isn't initially pleased to be paired with Dodds, but the two soon form an unlikely partnership.
What else has Tala Gouveia been in? She's been in Tracey Ullman's Show, Cold Feet, Go Jetters, Arrivals, EastEnders, Plebs and Scream Street.
Jack Riddiford plays DC Darren Craig
Who is DC Darren Craig? A police officer working in Bath.
What else has Jack Riddiford been in? He's made a handful of on-screen appearances, playing Jago Martin in an episode of Poldark and appearing in Doc Martin, Murder on the Orient Express, Guns Akimbo, Dunkirk, and Journey's End.
Claire Skinner as Chief Supt Ormond
Who is Chief Supt Ormond? Ormond is the new Chief Supintendent, described as "contained", "private" and "tough". She's sure to ruffle a few feathers amongst the squad when she arrives this season.
What else has Claire Skinner been in? Skinner is best known for her role as Sue Brockman in Outnumbered, but has also appeared in Doctor Who, Ted Lasso, Midsomer Murders and Bridget Jones' Diary, amongst many other roles.
Lily Sacofsky plays DC Milena Pachiorkowski
Who is DC Milena Pachiorkowski? A reserved, "modest" officer who captures the attention of one of her new colleagues, sparking a potential office romance. Creator Robert Murphy said of Milena: “We wanted to introduce a Polish officer, because we tried to reflect contemporary Britain. The characters we come across try and reflect the world we are in.”
What else has Lily Sacofsky been in? The actress has been in Sanditon (as Clara Brereton), Bancroft, and Summer of Rockets.
Danyal Ismail as DC Martin Malik
Who is DC Martin Malik? DC Malik is a new police officer who joins the squad this season to solve crimes with them in Bath.
What else has Danyal Ismail been in? McDonald & Dodds season 3 marks one of two screen credits for Ismail this year, these being his first. The other is in an episode of Vera which has already been made available on BritBox in the US but currently is yet to screen on ITV in the UK.
James Murray plays Chief Supt John Houseman (Series 1-2)
Who is Chief Superintendent John Houseman? The big boss. He wants Dodds to take early retirement, and he's brought McDonald in from London – but he's not exactly a supportive manager, and he doesn't want this newcomer to make any waves or upset anyone influential in Bath. James Murray describes his character as "a pompous idiot" who is "ruthless, slippery and very determined in knowing what he wants to get."
What else has James Murray been in? The English actor (who's actually married to Bancroft star Sarah Parish) has previously starred as Daniel Coltrane in Cucumber, and Wesley in Age Before Beauty. You may also recognise him from Cutting It, Primeval, Suspects, Defiance, or Him.
Pearl Chanda plays DC Laura Simpson (series 1)
Who is DC Laura Simpson? A police officer working in Bath.
What else has Pearl Chanda been in? She was Debbie-Louise in Motherland, and Maud in the TV series Arthur & George. Other credits include Holby City, Endeavour (as the delightfully-named Bettina Pettybon), Mr Turner and I May Destroy You.
Season 3 episode 2 – A Billion Beats
Paul McGann plays Archie Addington
Who is Archie Addington? Archie is the patriarch and team coach of Bath’s famous motorsport dynasty, the Addingtons. It's their team's up-and-coming driver who dies during a sub-3.5-second pit stop, leading McDonald & Dodds to investigate.
Ben Batt plays Philip Henry/DCI Ethan Fletcher
Who is Philip Henry/DCI Ethan Fletcher? Philip is the Addington's team manager. However, he's actually he DCI called Ethan Fletcher, who's under deep cover in the team. He also has a history with McDonald.
What else has Ben Batt been in? Batt has appeared in Jamestown, The English Game, The Village, Scott & Bailey and Shameless amongst other series.
Daisy Bevan plays Loz Addington
Who is Loz Addington? Loz is Archie's daughter and a member of the F1 team's crew.
What else has Daisy Bevan been in? Bevan, who played Arundel's Daughter in Elizabeth when she was just 6, has also appeared in The Two Faces of January and The Alienist.
Kelvin Fletcher plays Donovan Janaway
Who is Donovan Janaway? Donovan is the team's chief mechanic.
Paul Forman plays Marco Capone
Who is Marco Capone? Marco is one of Team Addington's drivers.
What else has Paul Forman been in? Forman has appeared in Frank of Ireland and The Spanish Princess.
Naoko Mori plays Leyna Masamoto
Who is Leyna Masamoto? Leyna is the head of Masamoto Holdings, who are in negotiations to invest in Team Addington.
What else has Naoko Mori been in? Mori is best known for playing Toshiko in Torchwood and Sarah in Absolutely Fabulous. She has also played Yoko Ono in Lennon Naked and has appeared in Big Hero 6: The Series and Everest.
John Omole plays Jules Grove
Who is Jules Grove? Jules is Gabriel's trainer.
Bluey Robinson plays Gabriel George
Who is Gabriel George? Gabriel is the Formula 1 driver who dies during a pit-stop.
What else has Bluey Robinson been in? Robinson is a singer who has also appeared in films such as Cats and series such as Britannia.
Bill Skinner plays Lenny Addington
Who is Lenny Addington? Lenny is Archie's son and Loz's brother.
Louise Jameson plays Mrs Burchard
Who is Mrs Burchard? Mrs Burchard is the owner of an antiques store, who finds herself wrapped up in the case after Gabriel bought a watch from her late husband.
What else has Louise Jameson been in? Jameson is best known for playing Leela in Doctor Who, Rosa di Marco in EastEnders and Susan Young in Bergerac. She recently joined Emmerdale playing Mary Goskirk.
Season 3 episode 1 – Belvedere
Siân Phillips plays Agnes Gillan
Who is Agnes Gillan? Agnes is the eccentric mother of George, who is days away from her 100th birthday when the team's investigations lead them to her son.
Alan Davies plays George Gillan
Who is George Gillan? George is a linguistic anthropologist who lives in a rambling mansion with his eccentric mother.
What else has Alan Davies been in? Davies is best known for his titular role in Jonathan Creek, as well as for his role as a regular panellist on QI. He has also appeared in Lewis and the teen film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.
Catherine Tyldesley plays Kate Porter
Who is Kate Porter? Kate is a freelance marketing consultant who McDonald and Dodds question as part of their investigation, after her betting slip is found on the dead woman's body.
Holly Aird plays Paula Monkford
Who is Paula Monkford? Paula is faculty administrator at the university where George lectures.
Gabriel Bisset-Smith plays James Langmere
Who is James Langmere? James is a passer by who finds a young woman dead and reports it to the police.
What else has Gabriel Bisset-Smith been in? Bisset-Smith has had small roles in The Bill, Drifters and Crying Out Loud.
Season 2 episode 2 – We Need to Talk about Doreen
Sharon Rooney plays Doreen Warren
Who is Doreen Warren? One of a group of friends who descend on Bath for a boozy birthday weekend, celebrating Angela's birthday. As Sharon Rooney puts it, "Doreen is the put-upon friend, and almost like the mum of the group. She organised the whole weekend away for her best friend Angela’s birthday, and Angela is one of those people who loves to be in the spotlight while Doreen is happy to be in the background." However, "there is definitely more to her than meets the eye."
What else has Sharon Rooney been in? She starred as Rachel "Rae" Earl in My Mad Fat Diary. Since then, we've seen her in The Tunnel, Two Doors Down, Brief Encounters, No Offence, Zapped, Dumbo (as Miss Atlantis), The Capture (as Becky), and, most recently, Finding Alice (as Nicola).
Joy McAvoy plays Angela McGruder
Who is Angela McGruder? The birthday girl. She has a husband and young son back in Glasgow, but she's determined to enjoy her weekend break.
What else has Joy McAvoy been in? Like her McDonald and Dodds co-star Sharon Rooney, Joy McAvoy was in Two Doors Down, playing Michelle. She's also been in The Crews, Avengers: Endgame (as an Asgaridian Maiden), and Filth.
Shelley Conn plays Hilary O'Doyle
Who is Hilary O'Doyle? Possibly the odd one out in the group. Hilary is married to Angela's father.
What else has Shelley Conn been in? In recent years, Shelley has played Ruth in The Deceived, DI Vanessa Harmon in Liar, Nicole Miller in Deep State and Danielle Wulff in The Rook. She's also known for TV shows and movies including Mistresses, Malevolent, Heartbeat, Heading Out, Strike Back, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Terra Nova.
Maya Coates plays Melissa McGruder
Who is Melissa McGruder? Angela's sister-in-law. Melissa uses an electric wheelchair.
What else has Maya Coates been in? The young actress trained with the National Youth Theatre in London and is usually seen on stage, including with the Scottish Youth Theatre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Kat Ronney plays Cath Taylor
Who is Cath Taylor? Angela's sister, who is on the trip to Bath with her.
What else has Kat Ronney been in? She has a variety of theatre credits, including Hamlet at the National Theatre.
John Thomson plays Jimmy Daly
Who is Jimmy Daly? The chairman of Bath Eagles rugby club. He is very wealthy and owns a gorgeous house, in which he has built a large model railway as a faithful reproduction of the local area. John Thomson says: "He hopes he’s well liked, but behind his back people think he is a bit of a joke. He is a bit ‘new money’, a Flash Harry. He is also a bit lonely. He is very keen to find a partner, but he goes for women that aren’t interested in him. He fancies himself as a bit of a lothario, but his geeky, nerdy side lets him down. He is a bit of an eccentric really."
What else has John Thomson been in? The actor and comedian is known for shows including Cold Feet, Brassic, After Hours, The Fast Show, and Coronation Street – as well as roles in movies like Inkheart and 24 Hour Party People. He voices the character of Dog in children's TV show Dog Loves Books, and recently starred in series two of The Masked Singer (as "Bush Baby").
Natalie Gumede plays Deborah Winwick
Who is Deborah Winwick? The agent for one of the rugby players, Dominique. She is ruthless and will jump at any opportunity to make money for herself or her client. Jimmy Daly is clearly besotted with her.
What else has Natalie Gumede been in? Natalie Gumede starred as Kirsty Soames in Coronation Street, and has also appeared in shows including Doctor Who (as Ashley in 2014 episode Last Christmas), Titans, Jekyll & Hyde and Strike. She made the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.
Tomos Gwynfryn plays Dominique Aubert
Who is Dominique Aubert? A promising (and expensive) rugby player, who has only recently arrived in Bath to play for the Bath Eagles.
What else has Tomos Gwynfryn been in? Aside form starring in a number of short films, he played Sir Lamorak in King Arthur: Excalibur Rising.
Andrew Rothney plays Rhuaridh McGruder
Who is Rhuaridh McGruder? Angela's husband.
What else has Andrew Rothney been in? He played Angus Douglas in The Spanish Princess, and Danny Callaghan in The Victim. Other credits include Shetland, Catherine the Great, and Outlander.
Season 2 episode 1 – The Man Who Wasn't There
Rob Brydon plays Roy Gilbert
Who is Roy Gilbert? An aviation expert working for the Air Incident Investigation Agency, and assisting the police on a new case.
What else has Rob Brydon been in? He plays an exaggerated version of himself in The Trip, and reprised his iconic role as Uncle Bryn in the recent Gavin & Stacey Christmas special. Other projects have included Marion & Geoff, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Little Britain, Supernova, and extensive voice acting in animated features like The Highway Rat.
Rupert Graves plays Gordon Elmwood
Who is Gordon Elmwood? A rising star in the 1980s, now living in Bath.
What else has Rupert Graves been in? He recently played Gabriel Hirsch in the third season of Riviera, and is known internationally as Lestrade in the BBC One drama Sherlock. He played Mr Weston in the new film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, Gary in Last Tango in Halifax, and Frederick in The War of the Worlds. Past projects have also included The White Queen, The Crimson Field, V for Vendetta, and Maurice.
Martin Kemp plays Mick Elkins
Who is Mick Elkins? The leader of a gang of four friends who have all tasted fame in the past. In Mick's case, he was a major music executive in the 1980s.
What else has Martin Kemp been in? The former Spandau Ballet star is now known for his acting work in the likes of EastEnders (as Steve), Family (as Joey Cutler), Birds of a Feather, Growing Rich, Hustle, and the recent satirical documentary The Kemps: All True.
Patsy Kensit plays Barbara Graham
Who is Barbara Graham? A successful 1980s presenter who now does commercials.
What else has Patsy Kensit been in? She's starred in Lethal Weapon 2, Absolute Beginners, and Hanover Street, and is know for her long-running role as Faye in Holby City. Other projects have included Emmerdale, A Bucket o' French & Saunders, Tina and Bobby, and The Turn of the Screw.
Cathy Tyson plays Jackie Somner
Who is Jackie Somner? A fellow former star of the 1980s, who now lives in the same area of Bath with her close friends.
What else has Cathy Tyson been in? She's known for early roles in Rules of Engagement, Band of Gold, Gold, Mona Lisa, and Night & Day, in addition to roles like Miss Gayle in Grange Hill and in recent appearances in The Fight and two Graves.
Season 1 episode 2 - A Wilderness of Mirrors
Joanna Scanlan plays Kelly Mulcreevy
Who is Kelly Mulcreevy? A "diversion therapist" at a private hospital called The Mara Retreat.
What else has Joanna Scanlan been in? So many things! She's recently been in No Offence (as DI Vivienne Deering), The Accident (Angela Griffiths), Dracula (the Mother Superior), Requiem (Janice Gray), The Woman in White (Mrs Vesey) and Hold the Sunset (Sandra). Joanna Scanlan is also known for playing Terri Coverley in The Thick of It, Sister Den Flixter in Getting On, and Nana V in Puppy Love. Her big-screen credits include Notes on a Scandal, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Bridget Jones's Baby.
Hugh Dennis plays George Holden
Who is George Holden? The CEO of the Mara.
What else has Hugh Dennis been in? He's best-known as a comedian and a comedy actor, serving as a panellist on Mock the Week and taking part in everything from Taskmaster to The Apprentice's spin-off You're Fired. Acting roles have included the Bank Manager in Fleabag, dad Pete in Outnumbered (which earned him a BAFTA nomination), Toby in Not Going Out, and Dr Piers Crispin in My Hero.
Caroline Catz plays Alison Speirs
Who is Alison Speirs? One of the members of Kelly's diversion therapy group – and a patient at the Mara, where she's in 'treatment' for her sex addiction. She also works as a florist and has her own shop in town.
What else has Caroline Catz been in? The actress stars as Louisa in Doc Martin, and also played DI Helen Morton in DCI Banks. Her other shows have included Murder in Suburbia, I Want My Wife Back, and The Bill.
Michele Dotrice plays Mary Costair
Who is Mary Costair? Another therapy group member. After losing her husband and seeing her kid and grandkids move abroad, Mary has come to regard her fellow patients as her own family. She has a gambling addiction.
What else has Michele Dotrice been in? Most famously, she starred as Frank's wife Betty Spencer in BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Michele Dotrice's long acting career stretches back to the 1960s, and so far we've seen her in everything from Vanity Fair (as Mrs Sedley) to A Very English Scandal (as Edna Friendship) to The Old Curiosity Shop (as Nell Trent). In recent years she's played Miss Trifle in Grandpa's Great Escape, Mario in Inside No. 9, and Pam in Death in Paradise.
Freddie Fox plays Miles Stevens
Who is Miles Stevens? An alcoholic who's in treatment at the Mara. During the day, Miles is a busker in the centre of Bath.
What else has Freddie Fox been in? He recently starred as killer Jeremy Bamber in White House Farm, and showed off his comedy skills in Year of the Rabbit as posh detective Wilbur Strauss. Other screen credits have included The Three Musketeers, Victor Frankenstein, Cucumber, Banana, Parade's End, and The Riot Club. Also, in case you were wondering; yes, Freddie Fox does come from the Fox acting dynasty. His sister is Silent Witness star Emilia Fox, Laurence Fox is his cousin, and his dad is Edward Fox.
Suzanne Packer plays Jane Crawford
Who is Jane Crawford? A patient at the Mara, who decides to discharge herself and escape to a hotel before fleeing the country. However, she doesn't exactly get that far...
What else has Suzanne Packer been in? Casualty fans will recognise her as Tess Bateman. Since she left the soap, Suzanne Packer has played Carole in the TV series Stella, Eve Cicero in Doctor Who episode The Tsuranga Conundrum, Capstick in The ABC Murders, Delyth Lloyd in Keeping Faith, and Layla in Bang.
Kiran Sonia Sawar plays Maheeda Abaasi
Who is Maheeda Abaasi? Another member of the therapy group, though – unlike the others – she isn't an addict, and she isn't a private patient.
What else has Kiran Sonia Sawar been in? She starred as Shereen in the dark comedy Pure, Alice in Silent Witness, Ani in Next of Kin, Naz in The Capture, and Sita in Deep State. Other major roles include Salma in the TV movie Murdered by My Father, and Shazia in Black Mirror episode Crocodile.
Charlotte Ritchie plays Irene Ross
Who is Irene Ross? A liaison officer who may be hiding a big secret.
What else has Charlotte Ritchie been in? The actress is perhaps best-known for starring as Nurse Barbara in Call the Midwife, and for playing Oregon in Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat. Her other credits include Raised by Wolves, Siblings, and Lin in the Doctor Who episode Resolution; she's also recently starred in Dead Pixels and Ghosts, and guest-starred in Death in Paradise and Stath Lets Flats.
Season 1 episode 1 - The Fall of the House of Crockett
Robert Lindsay plays Max Crockett
Who is Max Crockett? As Robert Lindsay puts it, "Max Crockett is a major figure in Bath. He’s an extremely wealthy entrepreneur and a very powerful guy with an extraordinary hold over his family and plans to hand on his legacy when he retires. Crockett has a massive ego." The episode kicks off with a man being shot to death in Crockett's house – and McDonald and Dodds must work out who he is, who killed him, why, and how.
What else has Robert Lindsay been in? Across a long and varied acting career, Robert Lindsay has won a BAFTA, a Tony, and three Olivier Awards. In recent years you may have seen him in Bounty Hunters, Genius, or Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (as King John); he's also known for playing Wolfie Smith in Citizen Smith, Captain Pellew in Hornblower, and narrating Brambly Hedge.
Rosalie Craig plays Megan Wattal
Who is Megan Wattal? One of Max Crockett's three daughters. She's on the local council and is competing for control of the family business once her dad steps aside.
What else has Rosalie Craig been in? The actress has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in The Lord of the Rings, Company, Wonder.land, and The Light Princess (which won her an Evening Standard Award and Olivier nomination). Her handful of TV and movie credits includes Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, and Spooks.
Navin Chowdhry plays Pete Wattal
Who is Pete Wattal? Megan's husband. He is a lawyer, and he's also determined that she should inherit the Crockett empire.
What else has Navin Chowdhry been in? Recent years have seen him take on roles in Our Girl, Next of Kin, The Replacement, and The End of the F***ing World (playing Tony). He played a Resistance Cargo Pilot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and on TV he's been DC Asap Qureshi in A Touch of Cloth, Anwar in Doctor Foster and Kurt in Teachers. Back in 2005 he played a character called Indra Ganesh in Doctor Who, alongside Christopher Eccleston.
Susannah Fielding plays Tamara Valentine
Who is Tamara Valentine? The second daughter. She and and husband Jack have their own art dealership, and they're desperate to demonstrate to her father that she should be the one to take over the family business.
What else has Susannah Fielding been in? On TV, she's played Isobel in Sticks and Stones, Jennie in This Time with Alan Partridge, and Brooke in The Great Indoors. Back in 2010 there was an appearance in Doctor Who episode Victory of the Daleks, and soon she'll be appearing in upcoming TV drama Life. But much of her career so far has been on the stage, with performances in The Merchant of Venice, American Psycho and All New People.
Jack Ashton plays Jack Valentine
Who is Jack Valentine? Tamara's husband.
What else has Jack Ashton been in? He starred as the Reverend Tom Hereward in Call the Midwife, but left the drama in 2018 (though his real-life partner, Helen George, still plays Nurse Trixie Franklin). Other credits include Welcome to Curiosity, Endeavour, and Broadchurch.
Ellie Kendrick plays Elenora Crockett
Who is Elenora Crockett? The third Crockett daughter. She's gone in a completely different direction to her sisters, opening her own bakery in Bath with her wife and totally opting out of competing for the Crockett family business. Elenora doesn't have a ton of money, but she's happy with her life choices.
What else has Ellie Kendrick been in? Having started out as a child actor in shows including Lewis and Doctors, the actress starred as Anne Frank in 2009 TV drama The Diary of Anne Frank. She played Tina in the movie An Education, Helen in Misfits, and Ivy Morris in Upstairs Downstairs – but Game of Thrones fans will know her for starring as Meera Reed in the HBO fantasy series. Since then, she's been in Vanity Fair (as Jane Osborne), Press (as Leona Manning-Lynd) and Cobra (as Stephanie Lodge).
Cassie Bradley plays Kasha Perry
Who is Kasha Perry? Elenora's wife. She has a Traveller background, and Max Crockett has never really accepted her into his family.
What else has Cassie Bradley been in? Corrie fans may recognise her as Natalie Watkins, while Casualty fans may know her as Leigh-Anne Carr. Her other notable role is in the History Channel TV series 'Jesus: His Life', in which she played Mary Magdalene.
Natalie Mendoza plays Mathilde Crockett
Who is Mathilde Crockett? Max's younger, pregnant wife. Megan and Tamara are concerned that she (and her future child) might disrupt their plans to take over the family business.
What else has Natalie Mendoza been in? She's best-known for playing Jackie Clunes in Hotel Babylon, and for playing Juno in horror thriller The Descent (and its sequel). The last few years have seen appearances in Blood Drive, Blue Bloods, Holby City, and Midsomer Murders.