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Meet the cast of Endeavour series five

The now-DS Morse returns for a new collection of mysteries

Sean Rigby – DS Jim Strange

Who does he play?

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A younger version of Morse’s boss from the original Inspector Morse series, Strange is still rising through the ranks at the time of Endeavour.

Where do I know him from?

Rigby has only appeared in Endeavour and short film Isabella.


Abigail Thaw – Dorothea Frazil

Who does she play?

Editor of the real-life Oxford Mail newspaper, Frazil is a talented journalist who has developed a friendship with Morse.

Where do I know her from?

Thaw has appeared in the likes of Black Mirror, Love Soup, I Want my Wife Back, Doctors, Casualty and The Bill over the years, but she’s also known for being the daughter of original Morse actor John Thaw. Her character’s name is actually a play on her own surname, with De-Frazil meaning to de-ice, or thaw something.


James Bradshaw – Dr Max DeBryn

Who does he play?

The Home Office Pathologist, Dr DeBryn has a wry sense of humour, and appeared as an older man in early episodes of the original Inspector Morse series played by Peter Woodthorpe.

Where do I know him from?

Bradshaw is best known for playing Gordon Grimley in The Grimleys, as well as his current role as DS Geoff Thorpe in Hollyoaks. He has also appeared in Primeval, EastEnders, Coronation Street, Heartbeat and Mile High among other programmes.


Caroline O’Neill – Win Thursday

Who does she play?

Win is the devoted wife of Roger Allam’s Fred Thursday

Where do I know her from?

O’Neill has appeared in Doc Martin, Queer as Folk, Lewis, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Grange Hill among other series, with a recent appearance in Happy Valley as pivotal character Lynn Dewhurst.


Lewis Peek – DC George Fancy

Lewis Peek as George Fancy in Endeavour series five) ITV, HF)

Who does he play?

Fancy is the new man in Cowley police station, and his casual attitude leads him to clash with Morse.

Where do I know him from?

Peek is probably best known for his role as Ted Carkeek in Poldark.


Sara Vickers – Joan Thursday

Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday in Endeavour (ITV, HF)

Who does she play?

The slightly estranged daughter of Fred and Win, Joan also has a complex romantic history with Morse.

Where do I know her from?

Scottish actor Vickers has also appeared in The Crown, Shetland, Privates, Taggart, Man Down, Lovesick and Breaking among other projects.


Phil Daniels – Charlie Thursday

EastEnders and Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels in Endeavour (ITV, HF)Who does he play?

Charlie Thursday is the slightly shady brother of Roger Allam's policeman Fred, who may land his family in trouble with his schemes.

Where do I know him from?

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Daniels is best known for roles in EastEnders and cult films Quadrophenia, Scum and Breaking Glass. He also found fame appearing in Blurs iconic Parklife music video, and in recent years has acted in Rock & Chips, The Hatton Garden Job and Midsomer Murders

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