Where Do I Know That Actor?

For the time being, Sunday nights belong to Masterpiece as the evening consists of My Mother And Other Strangers, Grantchester and, now, Prime Suspect: Tennison. It’s the latter Masterpiece Mystery! series that I’ll tackle this week because there were several familiar faces that viewers may know from other programs.

We’ll start with our star, Stefanie Martini. She plays the young Jane Tennison, a role made famous by Helen Mirren in the original series. Martini has only a few credits to her name at this point (Prime Suspect: Tennison may indeed be her breakout role) and there’s nothing major you may know her from on UNC-TV. However, since this is all about connections, I’ll note she did appear on a season three episode of Endeavour (“Prey”) as Georgina Mortmaigne.

Alun Armstrong was career criminal Clifford Bentley. You may recognize the name since I mentioned him a few weeks back when he portrayed Joanna Froggatt’s stepfather in Dark Angel. Armstrong has also appeared in several Masterpiece presentations over the years – Little DorritAristocratsOliver Twist, David Copperfield and Bleak House. Armstrong also played retired copper Brian Lane in the series New Tricks.

Nancy Carroll played Mary Collins but she’ll be best known to UNC-TV viewers as Lady Felicia on Father Brown.

Tennison’s parents were actors Nicholas Sidi and Geraldine Somerville. He was CS Ron McLaughlin on DCI Banks and she portrayed Lady Emily on Aristocrats.

Andrew Brooke plays Sergeant Harris. He was P.C. Alan Clacy on the Masterpiece Contemporary presentation of Collision.

Ruth Sheen is Renee Bentley. She played Nurse Ethel Carr on Bramwell.

Sam Reid plays DI Len Bradfield. He has a few guest appearances here and there but I found it interesting that he portrayed a younger version of Peter Firth’s Harry Pierce on MI-5 for a few episodes.

Finally, Blake Harrison is DS Spencer Gibbs. He’s also the voice of Scoop on Bob the Builder.

Prime Suspect: Tennison continues Sunday night at 10 on Masterpiece Mystery!

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.

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