Before you die | Complete list of characters and actors
Tonight, the all-new drama Before We Die debuts on Channel 4, a remake of the Swedish original, starring Lesley Sharp as Bristol-based Detective Hannah Laing.
The Bristol-based six-part series follows Hannah as she seeks to catch those who murdered her colleague and lover Sean – however, she soon finds herself in conflict when she finds out that her son is somehow involved in the investigation.
The broadcaster recently posted various first look footage of the upcoming drama, which Lesley Sharp recently described in The Big RT Interview as a “focused version” of the Swedish series it is based on.
Here’s everything you need to know about the cast of Before We Die, and where you’ve seen them before.
Lesley Sharp plays Hannah Laing
Who is Hannah? Hannah is a Detective Inspector with the Southwestern Police’s Organized Crime Unit, trying to resist early retirement. She is separated from her son Christian after having him arrested for possession with intent to supply drugs. She is divorced from her father and lives alone, but I shave an affair with one of her married colleagues Sean.
Where have I seen Lesley Sharp before? Lesley Sharp is best known for playing Janet Scott in ITV’s Scott & Bailey, Clocking Off, Bob & Rose and Afterlife. She has also appeared in films such as The Full Monty, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Naked, Priest and Vera Drake.
Patrick Gibson plays Christian Radic
Who is Christian Radic? Christian is the son of Hannah and her Croatian ex-husband. He recently served a 21-month prison sentence after his mother organized his arrest for possession with the intention of supplying him with drugs to teach him a lesson. Since his release from prison, he has started working as a dishwasher at the Mimica restaurant, after being introduced by his prison mate Stefan Vargic.
Where have I seen Patrick Gibson before? Gibson is best known for playing the role of Steve Winchell in Netflix’s The OA, and for appearing in The White Princess, Primeval, The Tudors and the war comedy Their Best. He recently appeared in Tolkien alongside Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.
Vincent Regan plays Billy Murdoch
Who is Billy Murdoch? Billy is a new member of the Organized Crime Unit, having been seconded there as a specialist in Eastern European drug gangs. He divorced a sixteen-year-old teenager and tends to use his contacts and military background to bypass the bureaucratic maze of the police.
Where have I seen Vincent Regan before? Regan began her television career in ITV’s Burning in London before starring in films such as 300, Troy, Clash of the Titans, Snow White and the Huntsman and Vendetta. As for television, he has appeared in Flesh and Blood, Traces, Poldark, Victoria and Vera among other shows.
Toni Gojanovic plays Davor Mimica
Who is Davor Mimica? Davor is the eldest and the head of the Mimica family. His father was murdered by Serbian forces during the war in ex-Yoglsavia, and he has ambitions to resume the illegal cocaine trade in the southwest of England. He’s not afraid to be ruthless when dealing with anyone who gets in his way and manages to stay off the police radar, but he keeps his sexuality a secret from those close to him.
Where have I seen Toni Gojanovic before? Croatian actor Gojanovic previously starred in HBO Europe drama Uspjeh.
Kazia Pelka plays Dubravka Mimica
Who is Dubravka Mimica? Dubravka is the matriarch of the Mimica family who moved her family from Croatia to the UK after the Civil War and rescued them to open ‘Bristol’s smallest pizzeria’. She now owns the Vino Montana restaurant and is a welcoming host, yet fiercely protective of her family.
Where have I seen Kazia Pelka before? Pelka has appeared on Brookside, Heartbeat, The Bill, Doctors and Casualty, among other shows.
Issy Knopfler plays Bianca Mimica
Who is Bianca Mimica? Bianca is the youngest child of the Mimica family, born in England and not involved in her brother’s criminal activities. She works as a waitress at the family restaurant when she is not studying law at a local university. Her boyfriend is Christian’s former cellmate Stefan.
Where have I seen Issy Knopfler before? Before I Die is Knopfler’s first big TV role, but she’s set to star in the upcoming movie Everything I’ve Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men.
Petar Cvirn plays Stefan Vargic
Who is Stefan Vargic? Stefan is Christian’s former cellmate and Bianca’s boyfriend. He helps Davos in his criminal activities but prefers to drink in the pub or watch sports.
Where have I seen Petar Cvirn before? Cvirn has appeared in a number of Croatian titles such as Sleep Sweet My Darling, Freedom from Despair, and God Forbid a Worse Thing should Happen.
Ryszard Turbiasz plays Zvonomir Mimica
Who is Zvonomir Mimica? Zvonomir is Dubravka’s brother-in-law and Davor and Bianca’s uncle. He takes care of the dirty work of the Mimica family.
Where have I seen Ryszard Turbiasz before? Belgian actor Turbiasz has appeared in films such as Dossier K, Linkeroever, Verboden the zuchten and Manneken Pis.
Bill Ward plays Sean Hardacre
Who is Sean Hardacre? Bill is Hannah’s colleague at the OCU with whom she is having an affair. He is married, but plans to leave his wife and the police to settle down with Hannah. He has become a mentor and father figure to Hannah’s son, Christian, and begins investigating the Mimicas when Christian warns him of the family’s criminal ties.
Where have I seen Bill Ward before? Ward is best known for playing Charlie Stubbs on Coronation Street from 2003 to 2007, before appearing in Emmerdale as James Barton. Outside of soaps, he’s been in Netflix’s After Life, Silent Witness, Crime Stories, and Midsomer Murders.
Rebecca Scroggs plays Tina Carter
Who is Tina Carter? Tina is the head of the OCU, having recently been promoted to Chief Detective Inspector. She is Hannah and Sean’s boss and has his suspicions about their working relationship.
Where have I seen Rebecca Scroggs before? Scroggs is best known for playing Fiona ‘Tosh’ Mackintosh on EastEnders in 2014. Since then, she has appeared on Holby City, Casualty, comedy-drama Flack, Queens of Mystery, Alex Rider and Grace.
Steve Toussaint plays Leonard Kane
Who is Leonard Kane? Kane is a local Southwestern Police Superintendent who oversees the OCU.
Where have I seen Steve Toussaint before? Toussaint has appeared in It’s A Sin, Our Girl, Killed by My Debt, Death in Paradise, DCI Banks and Line of Duty.