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Discussion in 'Notable TV' started by Barbara Fan, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. Barbara Fan

    Barbara Fan Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I never watched this show when it first aired on the BBC in early 2000s (Think i was trying to play Badninton badly that night) but i am absolutely hooked and have been binge watching it like crazy over the last few days.

    Its got a great cast - past and present - and the added bonus of Nicola Walker, Keeley Hawes and the wonderful Raza Jaffrey (from Homeland)

    Anyone else here a fan, Im only on S3 so 7 still to go which will keep me happy over the forthcoming weeks and just not sure how i missed this 1st time round.

    Spooks makes comeback on iPlayer - but where are the cast now?
    The high tension spy drama following the counter-terrorism division within MI5 launched the careers of countless British stars - some of which went on to enjoy huge careers and two even tied the knot!

    Spooks launched on the BBC in 2002 and was an instant hit with viewers.

    The spy drama followed the counter-terrorism division within MI5 and launched the careers of countless British stars - some of which still appear on our screens to this day.

    The hugely-successful show ran for 10 series up until 2011, followed by a movie Spooks: The Greater Good in 2015.

    This week the BBC announced they were bringing the classic show back to iPlayer to keep viewers currently self-isolating over the coronavirus entertained.

    BBC series Spooks is returning (Image: BBC)
    Ahead of the return, we take a look at where the main cast members are nine years since the cameras stopped rolling.

    Peter Firth (Harry Pearce)

    Peter Firth was the main star of Spooks and played the role of Sir Harry Pearce.

    Since the show, 66-year-old Peter went on to star in a string of popular TV dramas including Jacob Marley in the BBC's drama Dickensian.

    He also appeared in several episodes of World Without End, however the TV show was axed after just one series in 2012.

    Peter Firth as Michael
    The veteran actor jumped at the chance to his revive his Spooks character in the 2015 film Spooks: The Greater Good.

    Most recently the father-of-four was seen in IT's Victoria playing the Duke of Cumberland.

    Hugh Simon (Malcolm Wynn-Jones)

    After Hugh Simon’s successful stint as Malcolm Wynn-Jones in Spooks, he’s been keeping himself with a variety different acting jobs.

    He’s appeared in TV shows such as Shackleton, Attachments, Cold Feet, North Square, Big Bad World, and "Unusual Suspects”.

    Rupert Penry-Jones as DI Joseph Chandler
    More recently, he starred in Maigret from 2016-2017, and even had a spin off film Maigret Sets A Trap in 2016.

    Hugh’s personal life is very much a private one, as he tends to shun the showbiz circuit outside of his working commitments.

    Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam Carter)

    After becoming the lead star of Spooks from series 4, Rupert’s character Adam Carter was the new chief in town.

    However, his role was axed after he was dramatically killed off in a huge car explosion in series 7.

    Keeley Hawes (Image: Dave Benett/WireImage)
    Since then, the father-of-two has dipped his feet into various projects.

    He starred in ITV crime drama Whitechapel from 2009 to 2013, before appearing in BBC drama Silk for some time.

    Most recently Rupert also starred in US horror The Strain, which ran from 2014 until 2017. He also appeared in the series Black Sails.

    Keeley Hawes (Zoe Reynolds)

    Keeley Hawes, 44, starred as junior officer Zoe Reynolds in Spooks.

    She left the show in series 3 after her character had to leave for Chile to avoid jail time.

    Since her stint on the show she has immersed herself in an array of TV roles.

    Nicole Walker (Image: BBC / Kudos)
    She famously starred as Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes, before going on to play Lady Agnes in the 2010 reboot of Upstairs, Downstairs.

    She also took on a role of Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in cop drama Line of Duty, before starring in ITV drama The Durrells.

    The mum-of-three ended up tying the knot with her Spooks co-star Matthew MacFadyen in 2004, and the pair have been happily married ever since.

    Nicola Walker (Ruth Evershed)

    Known as the OG cast member of Spooks, Nicola Walker’s role as Ruth Evershed was one of the longest-running in the show.

    She joined the series in 2003 before being killed off in series 10.

    And since her successful stint on Spooks, she’s secured some very impressive roles in a whole host of British TV dramas.

    Keeley Hawes and Matthew MacFadyen (Image: Getty Images)
    She starred in Last Tango in Halifax before taking on a role in Prisoners' Wives.

    Nicola then appeared in projects such as Scott & Bailey, Babylon, Unforgotten and River.

    More recently, the mum-of-one starred in TV series The Split since 2018.

    Matthew MacFadyen (Tom Quinn)

    Matthew was another original cast member of Spooks, appearing as Tom Quinn in series one to three as the lead character.

    However, his role on the show was axed after series 3, before he returned to the show in a cameo for the finale in 2011.

    After leaving the MI5 drama, Matthew had a very colourful acting career which saw him appear in many successful projects.

    Richard Armitage (Image: PA)
    His most notable roles include Fitzwilliam Darcy in the 2005 film of Pride & Prejudice, as well as his role as Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral.

    He also appeared as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the BBC series Ripper Street, before starring in the Sky Living series The Enfield Haunting in 2015.

    He’s been happily married to Spooks co-star Keeley Hawes since 2004, and the pair share two children together and one from Keeley’s previous marriage.

    David Oyelowo and Keeley Hawes (Image: BBC)
    Richard Armitage (Lucas North)

    Richard had a successful two year stint on Spooks after joining in series 7.

    Prior to starring in the TV show, he was already a prominent name in the acting world, and thanks to Spooks, his status grew even further.

    Since the show, he most notably starred as dwarf prince Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.

    David Oyelowo (Image: Getty Images)
    Richard, 48, recently appeared in Hannibal, before going on to star as King Oleron in Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Daniel Miller in US drama Berlin Station.

    David Oyelowo (Danny Hunter)

    David Oyelowo starred as Danny Hunter - a junior officer who died sacrificing himself at the end of series 3.

    Since his days on Spooks, the 43-year-old has become a local in Hollywood after his critically acclaimed role as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and put his name in a lot of conversations.


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