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Meet the cast of BBC divorce drama The Split

Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan and Anthony Head star in Abi Morgan's emotionally charged family drama

Published: Tuesday, 9th April 2019 at 12:54 pm

Rudi Dharmalingam plays James

The Split - Rudi Dharmalingam plays James

Who is James? The fiancé of the youngest Defoe sister, Rose. He's kind-hearted, good with kids, and grounded. He dose suffer from an unfortunate sinus condition which leaves him constantly sniffing and using nasal sprays. As the young couple prepares for marriage, they are discovering they have different ideas about what the future holds.

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What else has Rudi Dharmalingam been in? You may remember Rudi from Our Girl, where he played the character Milan. His other credits include Alex in the BBC drama Rellik and Bob Paine in Electric Dreams episode The Commuter.


Claire Rushbrook plays Emma Graham

Claire Rushbrook plays Emma Graham in The Split

Who is Emma Graham? Hannah is summoned to Downing Street for a very early morning meeting with Foreign Secretary Emma Graham as the story breaks that her husband was using an illicit dating website called Indiana Ray (sound familiar?). Now the whole world knows about his S&M fetish and his many affairs, and a heartbroken Emma wants a divorce.

What else has Claire Rushbrook been in? Recently she has starred in Requiem (as Rose Morgan), Kiri (as Julie) and Genius (as Pauline Einstein). Other credits include Home Fires, My Mad Fat Diary, Death in Paradise and Black Mirror.


Nicholas Gleaves plays Bill Graham

Nicholas Gleaves plays Bill Graham in The Split

Who is Bill Graham? The Foreign Secretary's cheating husband.

What else has Nicholas Gleaves been in? Notable roles include Trevor Green in Cold Feet, DS Andy Roper in Scott & Bailey, and Tom Bedford in The Chase. He is married to his Scott & Bailey co-star, Lesley Sharp, and recently appeared in the Midsomer Murders episode Death By Persuasion.


Tamara Lawrence plays Jaynie Lee

Tamara Lawrence plays Jaynie Lee in The Split

Who is Jaynie Lee? A very, very wealthy businesswoman and a cancer survivor. Before her treatment, she and her husband had embryos frozen; now they are divorcing, those "assets" are in bitter dispute as Jaynie desperately wants to have children of her own.

What else has Tamara Lawrence been in? Tamara Lawrence made her TV debut in BBC thriller Undercover in 2016 as Clemency Johnson. She has also appeared on stage at the National Theatre.


Stephen Tompkinson plays Davey McKenzie

The Split - Stephen Tompkinson as Davey

Who is Davey? A sportswear mogul who approaches Hannah's law firm Noble & Hale to handle his divorce from childhood sweetheart, Goldie.

What else has Stephen Tompkinson been in? You may recognise Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Alan Banks, star of TV series DCI Banks, or as Damien Day from Drop the Dead Donkey. He has also appeared in Truckers, Trollied, and the TV movie Eric, Ernie and Me.


Meera Syal plays Goldie McKenzie

The Split - Meera Syal as Goldie

Who is Goldie? Poor Goldie is blindsided when husband Davey McKenzie suddenly announces he wants a divorce. It soon becomes a painful battle for control over the family business.

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What else has Meera Syal been in? Since rising to fame as one of the Goodness Gracious Me creators, Meera has played grandmother Sushil 'Ummi' Kumar in The Kumars at No. 42 and Judge Sonia Sharma in the TV series Broadchurch. More recently she has appeared in Paddington 2 (as the Prosecutor) and Doctor Strange (as Dr Patel).

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