The past proves hard to escape and family ties are broken when DS Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome) finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation in ITV’s gripping crime thriller The Level.

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When a clandestine meeting ends in murder, Nancy risks having her dark secret exposed. Nursing a bullet wound and desperate to cover her tracks, she's forced to tread a very dangerous line when she returns home to Brighton to head up the murder investigation. Joined by Philip Glenister, Downton's Rob James-Collier, Laura Haddock, EastEnders star Lindsey Coulson, Amanda Burton and Noel Clarke (Doctor Who), Crome leads a cast full of promising talent.

Here’s your who’s who guide…

Karla Crome

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Who does she play?

DS Nancy Devlin, a good cop with a dark secret whose link to drug trafficker Frank Le Saux risks being exposed when she’s asked to investigate a murder.

Where do I recognise her from?

Karla Crome is most recognisable as tough-cookie-with-x-ray-vision Jess in later series of Misfits. She's also won rave reviews for BBC drama Murder and starred in Hit & Miss, Under the Dome, Prisoner's Wives and most recently as Layla in Sky1's You, Me and the Apocalypse.

Philip Glenister

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Who does he play?

Frank Le Saux, shady owner of a haulage firm which acts as a front for a drug trafficking ring.

Where do I recognise him from?

Glenister’s career has spanned three decades and is packed full of recognisable projects. Take your pick from Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Mad Dogs and Outcast... In his early years, the actor made appearances in Vanity Fair, Roger Roger, Clocking Off and Hornblower, going on to grace screens in State of Play, Cranford and Calendar Girls. More recently he's made appearances in David Walliams' BBC1 comedy Big School, From There to Here and C4 series For the Love of Cars.

Noel Clarke

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Who does he play?

DS Gunner Martin, a moody detective who has suspicions about Nancy’s intentions in the investigation.

Where do I recognise him from?

Noel Clarke is a prolific writer-director of feature films, including Sam Peel trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and 2016's Brotherhood, and picked up the Bafta Rising Star Award in 2009. On TV, he’s appeared in Chasing Shadows, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and, of course, as companion Mickey (boyfriend of Billie Piper's Rose Tyler) in Doctor Who between 2005-2010.

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Laura Haddock

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Who does she play?

Hayley Svreck, Frank’s daughter, who starts asking questions about her father’s business when she returns to Brighton.

Where do I recognise her from?

Mostly big summer blockbusters like The Inbetweeners Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The First Avenger. Haddock also starred as Lucrezia Donati in Da Vinci’s Demons, as well as appearing in Ripper Street, The Musketeers and Luther.

Lindsey Coulson

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Who does she play?

DCI Michelle Newman, head of the murder investigation who has her eagle-eyes trained on Nancy’s suspect decision-making.

Where do I recognise her from?

Lindsey Coulson is best known for playing Carol Jackson in EastEnders. Her other TV credits include Clocking Off, New Tricks, The Street, Murder Investigation Team and The Stepfather (alongside her The Level co-star Philip Glenister).

Amanda Burton

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Who does she play?

Cherie Le Saux, Frank’s enigmatic wife who may know more about his shady business dealings than she lets on.

Where do I recognise her from?

Amanda Burton began her TV career playing Heather Huntingdon in Brookside and has since had long-running stints in both Silent Witness (playing Professor Sam Ryan) and Waterloo Road (as headteacher Karen Fisher).

Rob James-Collier

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Who does he play?

Kevin O'Dowd, Nancy's co-worker and on-again-off-again love interest whose arrival in Brighton further complicates the investigation.

Where do I recognise him from?

Rob James-Collier is best known for playing devious butler Thomas Barrow in every series of Downton Abbey which came to an end last Christmas. He also had a two-year stint as Liam Connor in Coronation Street.

Kelly Harrison

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Who does she play?

Delia Bradley, a single mother of two children who once had an affair with Frank, a secret he is keen to keep hidden from his family.

Where do I recognise her from?

Kelly played Nikki Marshall on Casualty until 2004 and has also starred in Nina and the Neurons, Happy Valley and Safe House.

Ruth Madeley

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Who does she play?

Julie, Nancy’s colleague at Brighton CID who assists with the investigation.

Where do I recognise her from?

Born with a spine defect, Ruth was nominated for a BAFTA earlier this year for her work in BBC3 TV movie Don’t Take My Baby. She has also cropped up in Fresh Meat and Half Moon Investigations.

Gary Lewis

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Who does he play?

Gil Devlin, Nancy’s ex-cop father who forces his way back into her life when she returns to Brighton.

Where do I recognise him from?

Gary Lewis has enjoyed a long acting career and is best known to many for playing the father to Billy Elliot in the 2000 smash hit. In recent years he has appeared on TV screens in One of Us, Outlander andSilent Witness.

Suzanne Packer

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Who does she play?

Teresa Devlin, Nancy’s mother who is staying in a psychiatric hospital during the first episode.

Where do I recognise her from?

Suzanne Packer has had decade-long stints in both Casualty and Brookside (as Tess Bateman and Josie Johnson, respectively), and recently appeared in the fifth series of Stella.

Lorne MacFadyen

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Who does he play?

Darryl Quinn, the Le Saux’s family driver who helps to comfort Hayley when the murder investigation begins to take its toll on her.

Where do I recognise him from?

Lorne Macfadyen's biggest role to date was as Phil Wilkinson in series two of Grantchester. He’s also appeared in Shetland and a number of short films.

Jane Hazlegrove

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Who does she play?

Gail Vincent, a detective with Brighton CID who is assigned to the murder investigation

Where do I recognise her from?

You’ll probably remember her from her ten-year stint as Dixie on Casualty, but she’s also appeared in everything from The Bill to Heartbeat.

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The Level is on Fridays at 9pm on ITV

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