Meet the cast of The Tower season 2 on ITV
Gemma Whelan returns to the The Tower along with a batch of familiar faces and new characters.
The Tower fans, assemble: the gripping crime drama is back for a second run, launching Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins (Gemma Whelan) back onto our screens as she investigates a cold case of a missing teenage girl.
Tahirah Sharif also returns as PC Lizzie Adama, who's called to a domestic violence complaint, which eventually leads her to cross paths with Sarah once again.
Alongside Whelan and Sharif, Jimmy Akingbola (Kate & Koji) is also back as DC Steve Bradshaw, while there is also a new batch of characters to get acquainted with in The Tower's second outing.
Read on for everything you need to know about the cast and characters in The Tower.
The Tower season 2 cast: Who stars in the ITV drama?
- Gemma Whelan - DS Sarah Collins
- Tahirah Sharif - PC Lizzie Adama
- Jimmy Akingbola - DC Steve Bradshaw
- Emmett J Scanlan - DI Kieran Shaw
- Ella Smith - DC Elaine Lucas
- Tamzin Outhwaite - Cathy Teel
- Niamh Cusack - Claire Mills
- Charley Palmer Rothwell - Matthew Brannon
- Michael Karim - PC Arif Johar
- Stuart McQuarrie - DCI Jim Fedden
- Faith Delaney - Skye Brannon
- Brian McCardie - Ray Walker
- Bobby Lockwood - DC Lee Coutts
- Rosalie Craig - Katherine Herringham
- Rebecca Calder - Abigail Levy
- Tristan Sturrock - Adrian Stephenson
- Camilla Beeput - Julie Woodson
- Jack Shalloo - PC Colin Ryle
- Laurie Delaney - Mary Shaw
- Mark Monero - James Adama
- Buckso Dhillon-Woolley - Nabila Adama
- Kirsty Hoiles - Pathologist
Tahirah Sharif plays PC Lizzie Adama
Who is PC Lizzie Adama? In season 1, Lizzie was a recently qualified police officer who, alongside a five-year-old boy, was found still alive on top of the tower block roof. Now, she's returning to Fallow Station, and her first case back is that of a domestic violence dispute.
Where have I seen Tahirah Sharif before? Sharif has most recently been seen on our screens in Sky's A Town Called Malice as Cindy Carter. She's also best known for playing Rebecca Jessel in The Haunting of Bly Manor, but has also starred in Waterloo Road, The Christmas Prince film franchise and Casualty.
Gemma Whelan plays DS Sarah Collins
Who is DS Sarah Collins? Season 1 saw Collins tasked with investigating the deaths of two individuals – a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl – who fell from the top of a tower block in south east London. The resulting investigation and trial of witness PC Lizzie Adama means that the pair's relationship is tense, to say the least.
Now, working Homicide Command, Collins is tasked with investigating a cold case with a potential new lead.
Where have I seen Gemma Whelan before? International viewers will know her as Yara Greyjoy in the epic HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, but she's also had significant roles in the likes of Gentleman Jack (as Marian Lister), Emma, Upstart Crow (as Kate), Killing Eve (as Geraldine), The End of the F***ing World and White House Farm.
Emmett J Scanlan plays DI Kieran Shaw
Who is DI Kieran Shaw? Lizzie's boss and lover, Shaw is supportive of Lizzie's return back to work - but can the pair keep their distance as promised?
Where have I seen Emmett J Scanlan before? He's best known for playing Billy Grade in the BBC period drama Peaky Blinders and as Brendan Brady in Hollyoaks. He has had roles in Kin, The Deceived, Ten Percent and Gangs of London.
Jimmy Akingbola plays DC Steve Bradshaw
Who is DC Steve Bradshaw? Steve used to be Sarah's right-hand man, but after failing to secure a witness statement from Lizzie prior to her disappearance, the pair are now on rocky terms.
Where have I seen Jimmy Akingbola before? He played Ollie in Ted Lasso and has starred in Kate & Koji, Cheat, Holby City and In the Long Run.
Ella Smith plays DC Elaine Lucas
Who is DC Elaine Lucas? Elaine is the butt of the jokes in Homicide Command and is paired up with Sarah on her first day to investigate the new lead behind Tania Mills's disappearance.
Where have I seen Ella Smith before? Smith has starred in Hoff the Record, The Nevers and Babylon, as well as movies like St Trinian's 2 and Ray & Liz.
Tamzin Outhwaite plays Cathy Teel
Who is Cathy Teel? Cathy's daughter Georgina is the one who Lizzie meets when she's called out for a domestic violence dispute. It's clear Cathy has feelings about her daughter's partner, and despite her struggles with addiction in the past, Cathy is level-headed when it comes to matters concerning her family.
Where have I seen Tamzin Outhwaite before? Outhwaite is perhaps best known for playing the role of Mel Owen in Eastenders, but she has also starred in Red Cap, New Tricks and Ridley Road.
Charley Palmer Rothwell plays Matthew Brannon
Who is Matthew Brannon? Matthew is Georgina's partner, who is accused of assaulting her and terrorising their young daughter Skye.
Where have I seen Charley Palmer Rothwell before? It's safe to say that acting runs in Rothwell's veins as he's the son of Eastenders icon Patsy Palmer. Rothwell has starred in dramas such as Our Girl, Casualty and Ripper Street, as well as films like Dunkirk and Beast.
Michael Karim plays PC Arif Johar
Who is PC Arif Johar? Arif is paired with Lizzie on her first day back in Fallow station and the pair get on, even though he may not always entirely agree with her 'out there' approach of investigating a case.
Where have I seen Michael Karim before? Karim is best known for his roles in The Bay as Adnan Rahman and in Jekyll and Hyde as Ravi Najaran. He has also starred in What's Love Got To Do With It?.
Niamh Cusack plays Claire Mills
Who is Claire Mills? Claire is the mother of missing school girl Tania, who Sarah has been tasked with investigating. She remains hopeful that there will be a new lead and helps Claire by giving her as much information about 1997 as she can remember.
Where have I seen Niamh Cusack before? As well as being an acclaimed theatre actress, Cusack has also starred in numerous dramas including Heartbeat in the early '90s, The Virtues, Brassic and Death in Paradise.
Stuart McQuarrie plays DCI Jim Fedden
Who is DCI Jim Fedden? Jim is Sarah's new boss, and it's safe to say he doesn't take well to Sarah - nor cultivate a safe and inclusive workspace, with comments regularly made about the women he works with. Will Sarah be able to take his actions in her stride?
Where have I seen Stuart McQuarrie before? The Scottish actor has starred in numerous acclaimed films including Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Terminator: Dark Fate, but has also featured in series like The Rig, The Crown and Taggart.
The Tower 2: Death Message premiered on ITV1 and ITVX at 9pm on Monday 28th August, with episodes airing consecutively across four nights. Season 1 is available to stream on ITVX now.
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