Unforgotten series 5 cast: Who stars in ITV drama? | The Sun

UNFORGOTTEN fans were left in hock when actress Nicola Walker quit the show after four series on the hit show.

However, the ITV crime drama is back for a fifth season, and there is a new DCI in charge.

Who is stars in series 5 of the ITV drama unforgotten?

Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan

Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE is a British actor, comedian and television presenter.

The Unforgotten star is best known for Yesterday (2019), The Kumars at No. 42 (2001) and Absolutely Anything (2015).

He was listed as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in The Observer in 2003.

Actor Sanjeev has starred in all of the previous four series' of Unforgotten as well.

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Sinéad Keenan as DCI Jessica James

Sinéad Keenan takes from Nicola Walker to play DCI Jessica James.

She is an Irish actress with a wide range of television, film and stage credits.

Sinéad is best known for Little Boy Blue (2017), Doctor Who (2005) and Being Human (2008)

Hayley Mills as Emma

Legendary actress and former child star Hayley Mills plays Emma in Unforgotten.

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She won the Bafta award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in the British crime drama film Tiger Bay (1959).

She is best known for best known for Pollyanna and The Parent Trap.

Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting

Jordan Long is an actor and voice-over artist.

He is best known for Prime Suspect 1973 (2017), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), The Wrong Mans (2013), and Stardust (2007).

In 2005 he was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award as a member of The Dutch Elm Conservatoire.

Carolina Main as DC Fran Lingley

Carolina Main is an English actress from South West London.

She is best known for Unforgotten and the Virgin Media drama series Blood.

The talented star has also starred in ITV's Grantchester.

Georgia Mackenzie as Dr Leanne Balcombe

Georgia Mackenzie an actress known for Steel Trap (2007).

She has also starred in A Touch of Frost (1992) and Franklyn (2008). 

Her most notable role was as Sarah Beckenham in the BBC's BAFTA nominated series Outlaws.

Michelle Bonnard as Sal

Michelle Bonnard is an English actress and screenwriter.

She is best known for Five Days (2007), The Fear (2012) and Stand Still (2019).

She made her acting debut in 2005 playing Helena in the BBC's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, called ShakespeaRe-Told.

Pippa Nixon as DC Kaz Willets

Pippa Nixon is another returning star, and once again reprises her role of DC Kaz Willets

In 2011, she was commended in the Ian Charleson Awards for her portrayal of Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.

She is best known for John Carter (2012) and Containment (2015).

Pippa has starred in Unforgotten since the first series back in 2015.

Who else stars in Unforgotten?

Unforgotten always attracts an all-star cast.

The rest of the line-up for the ITV drama includes:

  • Rhys Yates (Silent Witness) as Jay
  • Martina Laird (The Bay) as Bele
  • Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones) as Tony
  • Max Rinehart (Jekyll and Hyde) as Karo

Why did Nicola Walker leave Unforgotten?

Sadly, Nicola Walker won't be back after her character DCI Cassie Stuart was killed off in a car accident at the end of series four.

In an interview with TV Insider, she opened up about how it was planned to kill off her character since season three.

"We talked a lot after Season 3 about where it was going to go, and it was a joint decision. I think the clues were there in Season 3," she revealed.

"The title of the show is Unforgotten and I think there's a great deal of narrative beauty to this woman. She's not going to be forgotten. I felt like she was quietly very unusual on television because she was a real person."

ITV released a statement after the show aired in the UK saying: "We would like to thank Nicola Walker for playing the brilliant role of Cassie Stuart in four series of Unforgotten which has become one of the best-loved and most critically acclaimed police dramas on TV.

"Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie's story would come to an end last night, but that Unforgotten would continue, in series 5, with a new case, and a new 'Partner in Crime' for DI Sunny Khan."

When is Unforgotten series 5 on ITV?

Unforgotten series five starts on ITV on February 27, 2023, at 9pm.

There are six episodes in the series that will air every Monday night at the same time.

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Series five will conclude on ITV at 9pm on April 3, 2023.

After each episode has aired, they will be available to watch on ITVX.

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