Next of Kin introduces us to a British Pakistani family who are about to have their lives ripped apart. On the same day as a terrorist bomb explodes in London, the oldest Shirani sibling is abducted in Lahore – and to make matters worse, his son is missing from his university dorm room in England.


ITV's six-part thriller from husband-and-wife writing team Paul Rutman and Natasha Narayan stars Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport as a married couple who must grapple with forces that threaten to tear their extended family apart.

Here are the main characters – and where you've seen them before:

Archie Panjabi – Mona Harcourt

Next of Kin - Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani

Who does she play? Described as a "whip-smart" doctor, Mona lives a happy family life with her husband Guy, son Sammi and mother Mrs Shirani in West London. On the way home from work one day in a taxi, while talking to her brother in Lahore on the phone, she witnesses the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Shortly afterwards, her brother disappears. Mona is fiercely loyal and enjoys a close relationship with her extended family.

Where have I seen her before? Archie Panjabi is most famous for playing Kalinda in The Good Wife for six years. Her role as the unflappable in-house private investigator at a prestigious law firm earned her an Emmy Award. She has also recently starred in The Fall, Shetland, Power Monkeys and Blindspot.

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Jack Davenport – Guy Harcourt

Next of Kin - Jack Davenport as Guy

Who does he play? Mona's husband Guy is a political lobbyist working in Westminster. He is laid back and non-confrontational, a loving family man who uses his contacts and influence to build a successful career.

Where have I seen him before? Starting his career with This Life and The Talented Mr Ripley, Jack Davenport will also be familiar as James Norrington from Pirates of the Caribbean – the British officer whose life became entangled with Jack Sparrow and his adventures. Since then, he's starred in White King, Breathless, Flashforward, Smash and Kingsman. He also made a guest appearance in his co-star Archie Panjabi's show, The Good Wife, as Frank Asher. He is married to the actress Michelle Gomez and his father was Chariots of Fire star Nigel Davenport.

Next of Kin – Navin Chowdhry as Kareem

Who does he play? Kareem Shirani is one of four siblings. Like Mona, he is a doctor: his charity runs a clinic in Lahore, and he is dedicated to providing healthcare and life-saving surgery in the country where he was born. Kareem is father to Danny, from his first marriage to his late wife. He has since remarried to Rahana and had a daughter. On his way to the airport to catch a flight from Lahore to London he is abducted.

Where have I seen him before? Perhaps as Tony in The End of the F***ing World, Kieran in The Replacement, or Anwar in Doctor Foster. Recently he made a brief cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a resistance cargo pilot, and he also played DC Asap Qureshi in A Touch of Cloth.

Viveik Kalra – Danish "Danny" Shirani

Next of Kin - Danish

Who does he play? Danny, 19, is Kareem's son from a previous marriage – but his mother passed away. A young athlete, he is a part of the extended Shirani family and is away studying at university.


Where have I seen him before? This is a breakout role for Viveik Kalra as he makes his first on-screen appearance in Next of Kin.