As you may know, the second series of Ripper Street is just around the corner. Matthew Macfadyen returns as DI Edmund Reid, paired with his stalwart DS Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and the mysterious and talented coroner Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), who has finally hidden his sordid past as Matthew Judge…or so it seems.
The BBC Autumn Original Drama trailer gives little away but as we know, with a new series comes a myriad of new actors (encompassing both genders). David Costabile, Gale from Breaking Bad and Thomas Klebanow on The Wire, has been cast as the second Judge brother, obviously there to cause concern for Captain Jackson. Being Human’s Damien Molony enters as a new DC for H Division whilst Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) will play a rival to Reid and co. as K Division’s Inspector Jedidiah Shine. Others gracing the show are Leanne Best (Theatre Awards UK nomination actress of The Match Box), Leverage’s Gina Bellman, Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, 2000 Acres of Sky), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who) and James Wilby (Maurice).
Okay, I don’t particularly want to see him star in Ripper Street, a reason why he isn’t on the ten and rather as an honourable mention. Robson Green is a former co-star of Jerome Flynn from the popular series Soldier Soldier, the two also had a hit song ‘Unchained Melody’ released on the back of the show. It would be great to see the chemistry between the two revived, be it with Green as a friend to H Division or a foe. His acting credentials surround a long British TV career; three seasons of Casualty, Touching Evil, Wire in the Blood and recently Being Human and Waterloo Road.
I thought I’d start with the recently cast Doctor. See I had already decided to use Peter Capaldi in this list before he was made the Doctor yet I still think he would make a guest appearance if it was offered and I think an actor of his immense ability and experience of over thirty years could be influential on Ripper Street.
Capaldi has been phenomenal in his performances, especially as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and its spin-off film In the Loop. Capaldi has won many awards for his performance; 2010 BAFTA for Best Comedy Performance and two British Comedy Awards for Best Television Actor in 2010 and 2012.
5. Pauline Quirke
For me I found it difficult to cast possible women for Ripper Street, this is due to the content and era the story is set in, most female characters are either prostitutes, love interests or victims. Pauline Quirke would suit the show though, either as an antagonist, by this I don’t even mean a villain but rather as an abrasive character who H Division come across, a reluctant witness or working-class mother who knows something she will not unveil, per se.
I really think she would fit into the 1890′s era of Ripper Street, she has defined herself as a comedic actress yet has not shied away from roles that require her to portray a brash, dramatic side of her talents, which she does perfectly. In Broadchurch she is threatening simply in her demeanour, it is about time that H Division come across a lady of similar ilk.
1. Andrew Scott
Probably the best portrayal of a villain since Heath Ledger’s turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight, Andrew Scott created a vivid, unpredictable, charismatic, nightmare vision of Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty. Andrew Scott won the 2012 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role, he is the perfect villain, heinous and yet, in a quaint way, appealing and likeable.
Scott is keen not to become typecast, though, having starred in The Fuse, a gritty BBC four-parter, playing a melancholic detective opposite Christopher Eccleston, a pitch perfect performance as Paul McCartney in ‘Lennon Naked’, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s The Scapegoat, in which he plays a “terribly, terribly posh person with a side parting” and this year he will appear in ‘The Stag’, an Irish comedy drama about a stag weekend, with himself playing the best-man.
Andrew Scott is a veteran of all of acting’s schools, with numerous credits across stage and screen. He is the ideal candidate for a major villain for our heroes at H Division to face, a big bad to span most of a series offering a Moriarty for Ripper Street, hopefully not the same character but conveying the same bone-chilling essence.
If there is anyone I’ve missed or someone who you would prefer, let me know!
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