Cast of The Responder: who stars in the BBC police drama with Martin Freeman, MyAnna Buring and Adelayo Adedayo?

Martin Freeman and MyAnna Buring play an emergency responder and his wife

The Responder, BBC One’s new police drama, starts on 24 January.

The film stars Martin Freeman as Chris Carson, an emergency responder who is increasingly exhausted by the demands of constant night shifts.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the cast of The Responder, along with some recommendations on what other of their roles you might want to see next.

Martin Freeman as Chris Carson

Martin Freeman as emergency responder Chris Carson in The Responder (Source: BBC / Dancing Ledge / Rekha Garton)

Who does Martin Freeman play? Freeman plays Chris Carson, a police emergency responder, whom we watch on five consecutive night shifts. He was completely exhausted, not only physically but mentally and morally.

Where did I know Martin Freeman from? You’ll recognize Freeman from his television roles in The Office and Sherlock, and from his film roles in Marvel’s The Hobbit and Black Panther trilogy.

If I enjoyed his performance in this installment, what should I watch next? Some of the other crime dramas Freeman has been in are the true crime series A Confession, and Noah Hawley’s Fargo – both very different from and from The Responder, but might be worth a look if you enjoyed the series this movie.

Adelayo Adedayo as Rachel

Adelayo Adedayo as Rachel in The Responder (Credit: BBC One)

Who does Adelayo Adedayo play with? Adedayo plays Rachel, a new cop who has a different perspective, more in the books than Chris does – the two inevitably collide when she joins him on the night shift.

Where did I know Adelayo Adedayo from? You’ll most likely recognize her from her comedic roles, namely Timewasters or Some Girls.

If I enjoyed her performance in this season, what should I watch next? You may be interested in the BBC One police and surveillance drama The Capture.

Josh Finan as Marco

Josh Finan as Marco in The Responder (Credit: BBC One)

Who does Josh Finan play in The Responder? Josh Finan plays Marco, one of the local youths Chris runs into. He’s basically harmless, but prone to making bad decisions.

Where did I know Josh Finan from? You may recognize him from the supports in Hellboy, Guerilla or The Current War.

Emily Fairn as Casey

Emily Fairn as Casey in The Responder (Credit: BBC One)

Who does Emily Fairn play in The Responder? Fairn plays Casey, a drug addict who outsmarts a local dealer – this opens the door to the dramatic events that take place in The Responder.

Where did I know Emily Fairn from? Actually, Reactor is Fairn’s first on-screen role – but it’ll be worth keeping an eye on her in the future, as her performance here is a real turning point.

MyAnna Buring as Kate

Who does MyAnna Buring play in The Responder? Buring plays Chris’ wife, Kate Carson, who struggles with the demands of the job.

Where did I know MyAnna Buring from? You might recognize her from her recent role in The Witcher as Tissaia, or possibly from the police dramas Ripper Street and In the Dark.

If I like her performance here, what should I watch next? You can watch to check out the true crime movie The Salisbury Poisonings.

Warren Brown as Ray

Warren Brown as Ray Mullen in The Reactor (Credit: BBC One)

Who does Warren Brown play in The Responder? Brown plays Ray Mullen, a local detective who has a legitimate grudge against Chris – the pair have clashed in the past because of Chris’ hidden corners and irresponsibility.

Where do I know him from? Again, everything – Brown is one of those very believable, “man of that” actors who has appeared in everything from Doctor Who, Luther to Strike Back.

If I like his performance here, what should I watch next? Brown is currently starring in a similar kind of role in Activation Points on ITV.

David Bradley as Davey

Who does David Bradley play in The Responder? David Bradley as Davey, a local homeless man.

Where did I know David Bradley from? All things though, he’s recently gained notoriety for his roles in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who.

Who else starred in The Responder?

Ian Hart (The Terror), Phillip Shaun McGuinness (The Alienist), Faye McKeever (Little Boy Blue) and Christine Tremarco (Wolfe) all star in The Responder.

Who wrote and directed The Responder?

The Responder was written by former cop Tony Schumacher. This is Schumacher’s first television series, although he has previously written a trilogy of alternative historical novels set in Nazi-occupied London.

The Responder is directed by Tim Mielants (Peaky Blinders) and Phillip Baranti (Boiling Point).

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