DI Alec Hardy
Alec Hardy is a newly promoted police detective who has moved from a large force in Glasgow to the small town of Broadchurch.
His move has been under an unspecified professional cloud and he has been transferred to the tiny community to keep him out
of the public eye. However, when he is called upon to investigate the death of eleven year old Danny Latimer he is cast back
into the media spotlight and it is only a matter of time before his own secrets are laid bare.
is a difficult individual to work alongside, with clinical methods and extremely high standards that he expects others to
meet. He is very much a big city cop, with plenty of experience in murder cases. However, he is unsociable, abrasive and unyielding,
lacking the people skills that allow him to understand the needs and feelings of others. He finds it hard to work in the small
community and has a low opinion of small, local forces.
is very different to his local colleague Ellie Miller, both professionally and personally: he is all for his work, with no
life outside it, while she is sociable and well-liked. This adds to the initial animosity between them early on in their working
partnership. Hardy has also been promoted into the position that Miller assumed was hers.
by David Tennant
Wilson, Matthew Gravelle and Olivia Colman
DS Ellie Miller
is a local girl, brought up in Broadchurch, and has a deep loyalty to the town. She has a family of her own and feels very
much in the heart of a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody else. She has a close connection to the family
of the dead boy: her own son Tom was Danny Latimer’s best friend, so she is personally and emotionally involved.
joined the police to serve her community and has worked her way up. She believed that it would be natural for her to step
into the Detective Inspector role, so finds it extremely galling to have to accept the arrival of Alec Hardy who takes the
job that she thought was to have been hers and having to take the lead from Hardy only adds to the bitterness that she feels
towards him. She finds his methods difficult and ill-suited to the way that she and her colleagues have been used to working
so their relationship is strained to say the least.
is a trusting person who is asked to examine the town that is her home and the people who live there with deep scrutiny by
the intense and focused DI Hardy, forcing her to gain a fresh perspective on the community which she loves and to see her
friends and neighbours as potential suspects.
Peep Show, Twenty Twelve, Rev, Green Wing, The Accused, Doctor Who
I Give It A Year, The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur
Reverend Paul Coates
Coates is a young priest in his first parish and it is one that should, by rights, be peaceful and trouble free. He has made
great efforts to be embraced by the Broadchurch community, even teaching IT at the local school and playing 5-a-side football
in addition to his church duties. Even the older residents of the town have accepted him and he is seen as something as a
figurehead. He tries his best to offer support in the wake of the tragedy.
is completely dedicated to the church and his role; however he too has secrets from his past and he is among those who becomes
affected by the fallout from the murder.
Doctor Who, The Paradise, Little Dorritt
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Beaumont, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Susan Brown & Oskar McNamara
is husband to Beth and father to Chloe and to the deceased boy, Danny. He and Beth married young and their relationship is
not what he was: they are distant and barely communicate. Mark himself is quite angry, but the grief of losing his son utterly
consumes him. At the same time he has to be the rock for the rest of the family
Garrow’s Law, The Nativity, Cranford, Party Animals
is the mother to Danny Latimer and also to Chloe, and wife to Mark. Beth is broken by the discovery of her son’s body
following her frantic search for him. She is devastated by her loss and finds it difficult to relate to people and events
around her. Much of the backbone of the drama is the focus on the journey of Beth and Mark and their family following the
by Jodie Whittaker
Black Mirror, Marchlands, Cranford
Attack The Block, St. Trinian’s, St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold
Pickles, Jonathan Bailey & Vicky McClure
is another outsider, a national journalist for The Herald who arrives in Broadchurch in the wake of the tragedy in search
of a story. She is dedicated to her job and has a ruthless side when necessary to get her story out, but she is sensitive
when dealing with the families affected by Danny’s death.
also seems that Karen has a particular interest in DI Hardy and may understand the reason behind his move to Broadchurch.
Line Of Duty, True Love, This Is England ’88, This Is England ‘86
This Is England, A Room For Romeo Brass
junior reporter for the Broadchurch Echo. He is young and over-enthusiastic and desperate for his first scoop.
by Jonathan Bailey
Leonardo, Me And Mrs. Jones, Campus
editor of the Broadchurch Echo who finds herself with a huge national story right on her doorstep
by Carolyn Pickles
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Sims, Will Mellor, David Bradley, Simone McAullay & Pauline Quirke
is a mysterious and scruffy woman who lives alone save for her devoted Labrador dog (played by Pauline’s own dog Bailey)
in a caravan park. She is a suspicious and dark character who lurks on the outskirts of the community, always watching and
listening. She seems without emotion, save the affection she bestows upon her dog, but she does seem to have something of
her own to hide.
Emmerdale, Missing, Cold Blood, Birds Of A Feather
engineer Steve finds himself the focus of attention when he admits that he has a special connection to the case
In With The Flynns, White Van Man, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps
owns and runs the local newsagents, JGM News.
Doctor Who, Mount Pleasant, Blackpool
Hot Fuzz, The Harry Potter movies
hotelier is one of the local business people who become implicated when the effects of the murder in the community start to
have an effect on their livelihoods.
by Simone McAullay
The Strip, Home And Away
is a plumber by trade and the workmate and friend of Mark Latimer. He supports Mark through the tragedy.
The Colour Of Magic, Casualty
Alec Hardy - David Tennant
Ellie Miller - Olivia Colman
Latimer - Andrew Buchan
Latimer - Jodie Whittaker
White - Vicky McClure
Paul Coates - Arthur Darvill
Wright - Pauline Quirke
Connelly - Will Mellor
Radcliffe - Carolyn Pickles
Miller - Matthew Gravelle
Fisher - Simone McAullay
Stevens - Jonathan Bailey
Latimer - Oskar McNamara
Latimer - Charlotte Beaumont
Marshall - David Bradley
Thomas - Jacob Anderson