Meet the cast of Paranoid

From Robert Glenister to Indira Varma, here are the key players in ITV's new crime thriller

Christiane Paul as Linda Felber


An amiable German detective based in Dusseldorf, where the estranged father of Angela’s son is said to live. She is enlisted to inform him of Angela’s murder and aid their case.


Paul initially worked as a model before studying medicine at university, but in recent years she’s prioritised acting and makes her English language debut in Paranoid. In 2013 she appeared in the acclaimed 2013 German World War II drama Generation War. She also popped up in 2008 German thriller The Wave.

Lesley Sharp as Lucy Cannonbury


A local coffee shop owner who rescued Angela’s young son from the murderer. She proves a source of comfort to Bobby, seeing his stress and trying to ease it.

Lesley Sharp is one of Britain’s most prolific television actresses, currently most famous for playing DC Scott in Scott and Bailey opposite Suranne Jones. She had supporting roles in The Diary of Anne Frank, The Shadow Line and last year’s Capital, the adaptation of John Lanchester’s novel. She is also recognised for her scene-stealing performance in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who. On film she is best known for playing Louise opposite David Thewlis in Mike Leigh’s Naked.

 Emma Bispham as Angela Benton



The murder victim, a local GP who was well-liked and lived a quiet life with her father. The team are stumped as to why she would be the target of a murder.

Appropriately for her character’s medical background, Bispham has largely played nurses, appearing in that profession four times across various series. She has also appeared in The Mill and Heartbeat.

John Duttine as Eric Benton


Angela’s distraught father, struggling to cope with his grief and the ongoing investigation that threatens to engulf his life. He harbours fears about the custody of his grandson.

Duttine appeared as police sergeant George Miller in Heartbeat between 2005 and 2009. His breakout roles were in the late 70s and early 80s, playing John the Apostle in the Devil’s Crown in 1978, Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights in the same year, starring in To Serve Them All My Days in 1980, and appearing in the main role in chilling sci-fi adaptation The Day of the Triffids in 1981.

Shobna Gulati as Dr Parcival


Bobby’s doctor who prescribes him medication to deal with the increased anxiety brought on by the murder.

Shobna Gulati is most famous for playing Sunita on Coronation Street between 2001 and 2013. She preceded this role with a main part in Dinnerladies and a short stint on EastEnders. Most recently she continued her affinity for soaps, appearing in Doctors earlier this year.


Paranoid starts tonight at 9pm on ITV