Thursday, 9th August 2018 at 12:01 am
Wanderlust is one of the BBC’s flagship dramas for the autumn, and for good reason. Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh lead the cast as married couple Joy and Alan who suddenly find themselves at a crossroads in their relationship – so where will they go from here?
Also starring are Zawe Ashton and William Ash, as well as some fresh young talent.
Here are all the characters you need to meet – and where you’ve seen them before…
Toni Collette plays Joy Richards
Who is Joy? Psychotherapist Joy runs a successful practice from a shed at the bottom of her garden and has two kids – a grown-up daughter and a teenage son who will soon be leaving school. She is also happily married to Alan, although the sex could be better. But after cheating death in a bike accident, she finds herself suddenly re-evaluating her life and relationships: what does she truly want?
Where have I seen Toni Collette before? Getting Toni Collette to come to the UK for a television drama is a bit of a coup for the BBC. The Oscar-nominated Australian actress is best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense and Little Miss Sunshine, and has also starred in United States of Tara, Muriel’s Wedding and recent horror flick Hereditary.
Steven Mackintosh plays Alan Richards
Who is Alan? Joy’s husband Alan is the Head of English at a local secondary school. Like Joy he is frustrated with their sex life, but in a different way. Alan is a pretty straight-laced guy but his developing friendship with fellow teacher Claire opens up new possibilities.
Where have I seen Steven Mackintosh before? The actor’s long list of credits includes hotel manager Richard Garland in The Halcyon, Jim Warner in Kiri, DS Winter in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, DCI Ian Reed in Luther, and Tannis in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Underworld: Evolution.
Zawe Ashton plays Claire
Who is Claire? English teacher Claire works in Alan’s department at school. She’s younger, single, and drives a beaten-up old car that frequently won’t start.
Where have I seen Zawe Ashton before? Zawe Ashton is perhaps best known for playing Vod in the sitcom Fresh Meat. You may also have seen her as Katherine in Not Safe for Work, and she made an appearance in Doctor Who as Journey Blue.
William Ash plays Marvin
Who is Marvin? Joy meets Marvin at her hydrotherapy class as she recovers from her bike accident.
Where have I seen William Ash before? The actor starred as Leighton Thomas in ITV’s The Loch, and played Boleslaw “BB” Borowski in The Tunnel. He was Henry Appley in Paranoid, and spent a couple of years starring as Christopher Mead in Waterloo Road.
Joe Hurst plays Tom Richards
Who is Tom? Joy and Alan’s youngest kid Tom is still at school and is navigating the world of love, lust and hormones.
Where have I seen Joe Hurst before? The young actor has already appeared in Ready Player One (as an Oology expert), Snatch (as Schmeckel Heimel), and The Casual Vacancy (as Andrew “Arf” Price). He recently played Thomas Evans in The Terror alongside Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies.
Emma D’Arcy plays daughter Naomi Richards
Who is Naomi? Joy and Alan’s daughter Naomi returns home from Amsterdam in the first episode after the girl she loves breaks her heart.
Where have I seen Emma D’Arcy before? You’re more likely to have seen her on stage than on the screen. She’s been in The Games We Played, Clickbait, Callisto: A Queer Epic, and Against (alongside Ben Whishaw). She’s also the joint artistic director of Forward Arena Theatre Company.
Royce Pierreson plays Jason
Who is Jason? One of Joy’s long-term psychotherapy patients.
Where have I seen Royce Pierreson before? You may remember him as Jamie from Line of Duty, or as Dr Jamie Cole in Our Girl (apparently he really suits the name Jamie). He also played abusive boyfriend Reece in Murdered by My Boyfriend.
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