Who knew taking maternity leave could prove so treacherous? Architect Ellen learns the hard way in new BBC drama The Replacement, but who plays her?
And why do her work colleagues look so familiar?
Meet the cast and characters of The Replacement…
Ellen – Morven Christie
Ellen is a successful architect who gets pregnant just as her career is about to take off. She’s not worried though, believing it won’t take her long to get back to work
From Grantchester to The A Word and BBC comedy Twenty Twelve, you’ve seen a LOT of Morven Christie on your TV screen of late. The Scottish actress also popped up in Doctor Who, in series nine episode Under The Lake.
Paula – Vicky McClure
Paula was a prodigy when she started out as an architect but stopped work to raise her daughter. Now Caris is 10, she feels ready to pick up where she left off.
McClure is probably best known for her BAFTA-winning turn as Lol in Shane Meadows’ This Is England, her role as policewoman Kate Fleming in Line of Duty and and her spell as a no-nonsense national reporter in Broadchurch. Most recently you’ll have spotted her in The Secret Agent, a thrilling three-part drama about anarchy and terrorism in Victorian London.
Ian – Richard Rankin
Ian’s thrilled at the prospect of becoming a father but can’t switch off his psychiatrist’s judgement. He met Ellen as a patient and has always struggled with boundaries when it comes to her.
Fans of BBC3’s Thirteen will recognise Rankin as DI Elliott Carne, but you’ll also know him as Captain Thomas Gillan from The Crimson Field and as a star of Scotland’s own Burnistoun. Rankin’s also had roles in Silent Witness, The Syndicate and From Darkness, and recently joined the cast of Outlander in the role of Roger Wakefield.
David – Dougray Scott
David runs Ellen’s firm with his wife Kay. He’s an introvert and lets Kay handle most of the client interaction. He keeps a tight lid on his emotions, especially his feelings for Ellen.
From Hitman to Mission Impossible 2 and Taken 3, Dougray Scott is something of an international man of mystery thrillers, with roles that have taken him from the UK to Hollywood and back again. From Enigma to My Week with Marilyn and Desperate Housewives, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen him on both the big and small screens before.
Kay – Neve McIntosh
Award-winning architect Kay is a natural mentor and role model for her profession. She’s always known what she wanted to do and it wasn’t children.
Doctor Who fans will recognise McIntosh’s dulcet tones as those of the show’s Madame Vastra. When she’s not wearing rather intricate green face paint she’s popping up in other things like The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Psychos, Lip Service, Bodies, and Single Father. Oh, and you might have spotted her in Sky 1 medical drama Critical too.
Kieran – Navin Chowdhry
Kieran has been loyal to Paula through a very difficult period. He’s the only one who knows the pain she’s hiding and has been sworn to secrecy.
Chowdhry’s early career got off to a flying start when he made his professional debut aged 15 in John Schlesinger’s critically-acclaimed film Madame Sousatzka, starring alongside Shirley MacLaine and Peggy Ashcroft. You’ll probably know him best for his turn in Doctor Foster or roles in Dalziel And Pascoe, Judge John Deed, Waking The Dead and A Touch Of Cloth. Or maybe you remember him as Kurt from Channel 4’s drama Teachers, or Raph from Ny-Lon.
Rianne – Sarah MacRae
Ellen’s sister Rianne is a single mother of two. Her husband walked out on her during her second pregnancy when she was reeling from her mother’s death and sister’s breakdown.
MacRae starred as Hero in David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s Much Ado About Nothing, and also popped up in The Duchess of Malfi with Gemma Arterton. You might also have spotted her in Silent Witness, or playing Saray in Beowulf: Into the Shieldlands.
Lucy – Kim Allan
Lucy is the office manager at Ellen’s firm. She’s always been good friends with Ellen but is torn when Paula joins and is such a good laugh.
Scottish actress Allan is something of a mystery thriller veteran at this stage, having popped up in The Five, One of Us and Murder of late. Oh, and if you’re an Outlander fan you might recognise her as the show’s very own Robena.
Vernon – Gilly Gilchrist
Vernon is the client for Ellen’s library project. His avuncular manner belies a steely determination and judgmental nature. Privately, he’s uncomfortable about Ellen’s plans to return to work so soon.
Gilchrist has one of those faces you’ve most definitely seen before, with roles in Peak Practice, Minder, Monarch of the Glen, Hornblower, Crossroads and Taggart under his belt. You might also recognise him from Rob Roy, River City, Versailles and Stag, or more recently Rillington Place, In Plain Sight and Fortitude.
The Replacement airs on BBC1 on Tuesday nights at 9pm