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Meet the cast of Ripper Street series four

The Victorian crime drama returns to the BBC tonight with some new faces in tow...

Published: Monday, 3rd October 2016 at 4:30 pm

Britain’s favourite Victorian police force are back in action tonight on BBC2 as they seek to maintain law and order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. Find out more about the cast of Series four below...


Matthew Macfadyen


Who does he play?

Edmund Reid, the former chief inspector of H Division, whose plan to spend the rest of his days in secluded retirement in the quiet seaside village of Hampton-on-Sea doesn't last once old acquaintance Deborah Goren pays him an unexpected visit.

A return to Whitechapel is very much on the cards.

Jerome Flynn 


Who does he play?

Detective Inspector Bennet Drake, now head of H Division. Having finally married long-term love Rose Erskine, things seem to be going swimmingly.

However, the re-emergence of old friend and former boss Reid from his seaside retreat could jeopardise everything.

Adam Rothenberg


Who does he play?

Captain Homer Jackson, H Division’s surgeon.

To Drake’s unsuspecting eye, Jackson’s usual louche ways are unchanged despite the imminent execution of his wife Long Susan Hart. Jackson, though, has another plan entirely.

MyAnna Buring


Who does she play?

Long Susan Hart, the wife of Jackson.

Long Susan hasbecome a mother within the walls of Newgate prison, where she languishes awaiting execution for her part in the Leman Street locomotive disaster of 1894.

Her pregnancy won her a stay of execution two and half years ago but Long Susan can delay the noose no longer.

Charlene McKenna


Who does she play?

Rose Drake, formerly Rose Erskine.

Since we last saw her the years have treated Rose Drake well – but clouds are never far from the horizon in the chaotic world of Ripper Street.

Her friend and confidant Susan Hart is soon to hang and Rose begins to fear that the echoes of her sinful past have made it impossible to conceive a child with the man she loves. 

David Threlfall


Who does he play?

The charismatic but villainous Abel Croker who knows the London docks like the back of his hand.

Croker maintains a façade of roguish charm but beneath it lurks a deeply dangerous man – as Jackson will discover.

There's making a deal with the devil, and then there's making a deal with Abel Croker.

Killian Scott


Who does he play?

Assistant Commissioner Augustus Dove. He’s responsible for increased funding and positive press coverage for H Division.

Although young for his position of responsibility, Dove is held in esteem by Reid, while Drake is happy to follow his zeal and ambition.

Matthew Lewis


Who does he play?

Desk Sergeant Samuel Drummond. Lewis’s role as 'Drum' is a far cry from that of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films – for one he now has a moustache.


He is to H Division what Q is to James Bond, with a meticulous approach to building a case based on information, logic and science – although his methods don’t go down too well with some of the old guard.


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