Wuthering Heights
  • Heathcliff
  • Isabella Linton
  • Edgar Linton
  • Cathy Earnshaw
  • Hindley Earnshaw
  • Linton Heathcliff
  • Catherine Linton
  • Hareton Earnshaw
  • Nelly

Meet the characters and cast of Wuthering Heights

Click on any of the major characters in Wuthering Heights to learn more about how they fit in the story, and also about the careers of the actors who portray them.


A gypsy boy taken in and raised by Mr. Earnshaw, Heathcliff develops a passionate bond with Cathy Earnshaw — a bond that comes to both define and destroy him.

Played by:
Tom Hardy

Known to Masterpiece audiences for his role in The Virgin Queen, Tom Hardy made his professional debut in the World War II drama Band of Brothers while still studying at London's Drama Centre. He subsequently made his film debut in another war-related drama, Black Hawk Down. Some of Hardy's other film appearances include Star Trek: Nemesis, Layer Cake, Sweeney Todd and RocknRolla. On stage in London, Hardy won an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his 2003 stage debut in In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (for which he was also nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer) and Blood. Hardy was nominated for a 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Actor in Stuart: A Life Backwards. Hardy will also be seen in the 2009 Masterpiece production of Oliver Twist.

Isabella Linton

The sister of Edgar Linton, mother of Linton Heathcliff and friend of Cathy Earnshaw, Isabella Linton develops an attraction to Heathcliff that leads to marriage.

Played by:
Rosalind Halstead

Rosalind Halstead appeared alongside Judi Dench in the film Mrs. Henderson Presents. She was also seen in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and had a recurring role in the British television series Nearly Famous.

Edgar Linton

The brother of Isabella, husband of Cathy Earnshaw and father of Catherine Linton, Edgar Linton is a gentle, quiet man deeply in love with his wife.

Played by:
Andrew Lincoln

The son of a civil engineer father and a South African mother, Andrew Lincoln got involved in theater in his teen years, and became very interested in acting while involved with London's National Youth Theatre. Lincoln went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). On television, Lincoln is most recognized for his recurrent roles in the British series This Life, Teachers and Afterlife. Lincoln has also been seen in the films Love Actually and Scenes of a Sexual Nature among others. Lincoln is married to Gael Anderson, daughter of Jethro Tull musician Ian Anderson.

Cathy Earnshaw

The daughter of Mr. Earnshaw and younger sister of Hindley, Cathy Earnshaw becomes a close companion of Heathcliff when he comes to live at Wuthering Heights. After convalescing at the Linton home, Cathy falls for Edgar Linton and later marries him.

Played by:
Charlotte Riley

A 2007 graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Charlotte Riley is making her major television debut in Wuthering Heights. Becoming a professional actress hadn't crossed Riley's mind until studying English at Durham University. Only after Riley (along with Tiffany Wood) won the London Sunday Times Playwriting Award in 2004 for Shaking Cecelia and performed the play at the Edinburgh Festival, did she start seeing the real possibility of an acting career. Riley has appeared on stage with Diana Rigg in The Cherry Orchard and on film alongside Colin Firth in an adaptation of Noel Coward's Easy Virtue.

Hindley Earnshaw

The son of Mr. Earnshaw and brother of Cathy, husband of Frances and father of Hareton, Hindley Earnshaw is Heathcliff's rival from the very start. Hindley ultimately descends into a life of alcoholism and mania, allowing him to be taken advantage of by a wily Heathcliff.

Played by:
Burn Gorman

Born in Hollywood to British parents, Burn Gorman has spent much of his life in the United Kingdom. He is best known to Masterpiece audiences for his portrayal of William Guppy in Bleak House. Gorman has also been recognized for his work in the television series Torchwood. On film, Gorman has been seen in Layer Cake and Penelope among others. In 2009, Gorman will appear in West End revival of Oliver!, the musical version of the Charles Dickens novel, produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

Linton Heathcliff

Linton Heathcliff is the son of Isabella Linton and Heathcliff and husband of Catherine.

Played by:
Tom Payne

Tom Payne's first exposure to acting came at age seven when he was dragged into a room to audition for a school play, received a small part, and loved it. A graduate of London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Payne had a recurring role on the British television series Waterloo Road. On film, he appeared in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Catherine Linton

The daughter of Cathy Earnshaw and Edgar Linton, Catherine is forced by a vengeful Heathcliff to marry his son Linton. Catherine ultimately forms an unlikely and satisfying relationship with Hareton Earnshaw.

Played by:
Rebecca Night

A graduate of England's Rose Bruford College, Rebecca Night is best known for her performance in the title role of the British television film Fanny Hill written by Andrew Davies. On stage, Night made her West End debut in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Hareton Earnshaw

The son of Hindley Earnshaw, Hareton Earnshaw is the object of scorn for Heathcliff who treats Hareton cruelly. Hareton and Catherine ultimately form a satisfying relationship.

Played by:
Andrew Hawley

Andrew Hawley makes his television debut in Wuthering Heights. He has recently been seen on the London stage in the Wyndham's Theatre revival of The History Boys.


A servant at Wuthering Heights, Nelly is the first-hand witness to Cathy's relationship with Heathcliff, and is Cathy's confidant. Nelly follows Cathy after she is married, but ultimately returns to Wuthering Heights.

Played by:
Sarah Lancashire

Daughter of British television screenwriter Geoffrey Lancashire, Sarah Lancashire graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Lancashire is frequently recognized for her one of her earliest roles — in the British soap opera Coronation Street. Other television credits include Where the Heart Is, Rose and Maloney, and on Masterpiece in Seeing Red. On stage, Lancashire has been seen in Blood Brothers, The Little Shop of Horrors and Educating Rita. In 2004, Lancashire received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination in the Best Director Fiction category for her directorial debut in an episode of The Afternoon Play.

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