Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Finch
Tennison's high flying junior colleague
Ben Miles has been seen in the films The Wings of the Dove and The Affair of the Necklace and on television in The Forsyte Saga, Series I and II (as Montague Dartie). He plays Patrick ("a complete himbo") in the award-winning BBC hit Coupling.
Detective Chief Superintendent Larry Hall
Londoner Mark Strong attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has performed with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award. He has also appeared in Prime Suspect 3, Anna Karenina and The Jury, as well as in many films.
Detective Sergeant Alun Simms
Originally from Pembrokeshire, Wales, Robert Pugh has appeared in films (The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill..., Master and Commander), on television (A Dance to the Music of Time, Sword of Honour) and on stage (The Iceman Cometh at London's Almeida Theater).
Detective Constable Lorna Greaves
Active on stage with Peter Brook, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tanya Moodie has also appeared as Geraldine in the ITV comedy Dr Willoughby and in the television mini-series NeverWhere and A Respectable Trade.
An old flame of Tennison's, a journalist with experience of Bosnia
A native of Dublin, Liam Cunningham worked for a time as an electrician. His television credits include Shooting the Past; his film credits include A Little Princess and Dog Soldiers.
The victim, a Bosnian Muslim, an illegal immigrant
The last person to see Samira alive, a co-worker
An experienced actress, Ingeborga Dapkunaite is a native of Vilnius, Soviet Union (now Lithuania). She has appeared in the films Mission: Impossible and Seven Years in Tibet and can be seen in Masterpiece Theatre's The Lost Prince as the Tsarina Alexandra.
Involved with the Balkan Mafia and cigarette smuggling
A Bosnian Serb, the driver of the van
Velibor Topic appeared in Masterpiece Theatre's The Railway Children as Mr. Szczepansky.
An interpreter, living under a new identity in London
A native of Moscow, Oleg Menshikov received the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1992 (1991 season) for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in When She Danced and he won the 1997 Nika Award for Best Actor for Prisoner of the Mountains. He has an extensive background in theater and film.