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Meet the cast of Professor T - full list of cast and characters for BritBox drama

Ben Miller leads the cast of Professor T, based on the Belgian crime-drama of the same name.

Professor T
Published: Thursday, 15th July 2021 at 4:24 pm

Brand new six-part crime drama Professor T, starring Ben Miller and Frances de la Tour, arrives on ITV this July following its exclusive debut on BritBox.

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Miller (Bridgerton) leads the cast as the titular genius Cambridge University criminology professor, who becomes a reluctant detective when a former pupil of his enlists his help.

"Professor T has it all: intriguing murders, dreaming spires, and a cast of unforgettable characters, each with their own fascinating secrets. You don’t have to be a professor of criminal psychology to know the ITV audience will love it," Miller said about his casting.

Emma Naomi plays Lisa Donckers, an ex-pupil turned police officer who persuades Professor T to consult on a difficult case. Lisa is charming, hot-headed, with a chaotic personal life — and she's more than a match for her old mentor.

Read on for everything you need to know about the main cast and characters in Professor T.

Ben Miller plays Professor T

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Who is Professor T? An enigmatic criminology lecturer (aka Jasper Tempest) who has OCD and is obsessed with surgical gloves and hand-washing. He's drawn into the world of real-life crime solving when a former pupil of his, DI Lisa Donckers, reaches out and takes a chance on him.

According to ITV, Professor T is an "obsessive compulsive, borderline autistic and an incurable germaphobe who can’t help saying out loud exactly what he and everyone else is thinking and is prone to elaborate fantasies that illuminate the subtext in any given situation".

Where have I seen Ben Miller before? He recently played Lord Featherington in the Netflix smash-hit period drama, Bridgerton, and briefly reprised his role as DI Richard Poole in Death in Paradise. He's also known for his comedy partnership in The Armstrong and Miller Show, and roles in the likes of I Want My Wife Back, Paddington 2, and Johnny English Strikes Again.

Emma Naomi plays Lisa Donckers

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Who is Lisa Donckers? A witty, charming police detective and former pupil of Professor T, she reaches out to her old mentor when she learns a serial rapist, with links to Lisa's own school days, appears to be active once more.

She's also described as "hot-headed," often "disorganised... [but] quick-witted and the only detective who’s truly an intellectual match for the Professor".

Where have I seen Emma Naomi before? She recently played Alice Mondrich in Netflix series Bridgerton (alongside co-star Ben Miller) and starred in BBC drama The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Frances de la Tour plays Adelaide

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Who is Adelaide? The professor's scene-stealing, overbearing mother. Jasper Tempest experienced a childhood trauma when he was younger, which is often hinted at during scenes featuring Adelaide.

Where have I seen Frances de la Tour before? The actress is known for roles in the likes of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The History Boys, and Rising Damp (as Miss Ruth Jones). Other projects have included Into The Woods (as Giant), Vicious, Outlander, and recently in the first Enola Holmes film (as the Dowager).

Barney White plays Dan Winters

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Who is Dan Winters? Lisa's supportive police sidekick (and potential love interest), he's the "ying to her yang" and is "just the sort of boy you’d want to bring home to meet your parents, unless, that is, you unfortunately happen to work with him".

Where have I seen Barney White? He's starred in the likes of Holby City, King Gary, and Miss Marx.

Andy Gathergood plays Paul Rabbit

Andy Gathergood in Professor T
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Who is Paul Rabbit? Previously a model cop, senior officer Rabbit has lost his way following a personal tragedy. He dislikes working with Professor T and distrusts his methods.

Where have I seen Andy Gathergood before? Gathergood has previously appeared in 2010 mini-series Five Daughters, two episodes of 2012's Hatfields & McCoys, as well as instalments of The Last Kingdom, Britannia and The Salisbury Poisonings.

Juliet Aubrey plays Christina Brand

Juliet Aubrey in Professor T
Juliet Aubrey in Professor T ITV

Who is DCI Christina Brand? Head of the local CID, with confusing feelings for her old flame: none other than Professor T himself.

Where have I seen Juliet Aubrey before? The BAFTA-winner has previously appeared in Middlemarch (as Dorothea), The Constant Gardener, Primeval (as Helen Cutter), and as Countess of Warwick in The White Queen.

Sarah Woodward plays Ingrid Snares

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Who is Ingrid Snares? Professor T’s acid-tongued personal assistant, Ingrid is a gossip who is "easily taken for an ultra-conservative, but beneath the twin-set and pearls there lurks a true subversive who likes nothing better than knocking back absinthe and ogling body-building magazines".

Where have I seen Sarah Woodward before? She's known for roles in the likes of Poirot, Queens of Mystery, The Pale Horse, Supernova, Quiz, Endeavour, and The Politician's Husband.

Ben Onwukwe plays Jackson Donckers

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Who is Jackson Donckers? Lisa's father and a retired police officer.

Where have I seen Ben Onwukwe before? He's starred in various projects including Safe, Marcella, Doctors, London's Burning, Coronation Street, and The Bill.

Elizabeth Kate Back plays Diana Tyson

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Who is Diana Tyson? The victim of an attack that takes place on a university campus.

Where have I seen Elizabeth Kate Back before? This is the newcomer's first major television role.

Douglas Reith plays The Dean

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Who is The Dean? A Cambridge Dean.

Where have I seen Douglas Reith before? He's probably best known as Isobel Crawley's love interest, Lord Merton, in Downton Abbey. He's also starred in the likes of The Queen, The Prince and the Pauper, and Outlander.

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Professor T launches on BritBox on 3rd June 2021 and will air on ITV on the later date of 18th July. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.

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