Netflix has invested heavily in novelist Harlan Coben’s crime stories and it has paid off so far, with another adaptation underway this year that hopes to draw more viewers into its curvy drama.
Cush Jumbo directs the cast of Stay Close, which revolves around a woman with what appears to be the perfect life, who actually hides a dark secret about her past.
James Nesbitt, Eddie Izzard and Richard Armitage also star in the eight-part series, which is slated for release on Netflix on New Years Eve.
Read on for everything you need to know about the cast and characters of Netflix’s Stay Close.
Cush Jumbo plays Megan
Who is Megan? To the casual observer, Megan appears to be an ordinary woman who lives with her fiance and three children in a lavish suburban home. However, she hides a secret that comes back to haunt her on the night of her bachelorette party.
What else has Cush Jumbo been into? Jumbo recently starred alongside David Tennant in the Channel 4 drama Deadwater Fell, while earlier this year she was seen alongside Jared Harris in the original BritBox series The Beast Must Die. Previously, she had worked in the United States in the cast of CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife and its spin-off The Good Fight.
James Nesbitt plays Broome
Who is Broome? Broome is a police detective on a missing persons case. He leads a single life and enjoys a good relationship with his professional partner, Erin Cartwright.
What else has James Nesbitt been in? Nesbitt is one of the UK’s most recognizable stars, with many credits in top movie and TV shows. This year, he starred in the Jed Mercurio-produced thriller Bloodlands, while he also made a brief non-speaking appearance in Line of Duty’s sixth series. His previous projects include Murphy’s Law, Cold Feet, and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
Richard Armitage plays Ray
Who is Ray? Ray is a photographer who unexpectedly finds himself drawn into the plot surrounding Megan.
What else has Richard Armitage been in? Armitage is another alumnus of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, where he played dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield. His early television works include ITV’s Cold Feet and BBC One’s Robin Hood, while more recent gigs include Hannibal, Castlevania, and Harlan Coben’s adaptation, The Stranger.
Eddie Izzard plays Harry
Who is Harry? Harry is a figure from Megan’s past who has seen difficult times.
What else has Eddie Izzard been in? Izzard is one of the UK’s most famous comedians and has performed acting roles in Tara’s United States, Hannibal and, most recently, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.
Jo Joyner plays Erin Cartwright
Who is Erin Cartwright? Erin is a member of the Police Force, who works closely with Broome, most notably on a missing persons case that is somewhat associated with Megan’s secrecy.
What else has Jo Joyner been in? Joyner broke into the cast of EastEnders, where she played Tanya Branning for seven years, returning as a guest several times since her dramatic departure. Since then she has directed the cast of Ackley Bridge on Channel 4 and Shakespeare & Hathaway on BBC One.
Youssef Kerkour plays Fester
Who is Fester? Fester is a security guard who frequently works with Ray.
What else has Youssef Kerkour been in? Kerkour is best known for playing Sami on the Channel 4 sitcom Home, followed by roles on the Gavin & Stacey special, Steven Moffat’s Dracula and Mackenzie Crook’s Worzel Gummidge.
Sarah Parish plays Lorraine
Who is Lorraine? Lorraine is a familiar person to Megan, who is aware of her past – but there are some things even that she doesn’t know.
What else has Sarah Parish been in? Parish has appeared on a number of high-profile shows, including BBC One’s Atlantis, ITV’s Broadchurch, and Netflix’s Medici: Masters of Florence. She also played the title role in the cult crime drama Bancroft.
Andi Osho plays Simona
Who is Simone? Little is known about Osho’s mysterious character at this point – stay tuned…
What else has Andi Osho been in? Osho is a stand-up comedian who recently appeared in several high-profile acting concerts. She starred as murdered journalist Gail Vella in Line of Duty’s sixth series, while she also starred in Death in Paradise, I May Destroy You and the DC Comics blockbuster Shazam.
Daniel Francis plays Dave Shaw
Who is Dave Shaw? Dave is Megan’s fiancé and the father of her children.
What else has Daniel Francis been in? Francis has appeared in the fairytale drama Once Upon A Time, as well as the British independent film Fast Girls.
Bethany Antonia plays Kayleigh Shaw
Who is Kayleigh Shaw? Kayleigh is Megan’s oldest daughter, whom she fears is in trouble.
What else has Bethany Antonia been into? Antonia is best known for playing the role of Margot in BBC iPlayer’s teen drama Get Even. She also had a guest role on the Channel 4 sitcom Stath Lets Flats.
Stay Close is available to stream on Netflix starting Friday, December 31. Check out our guide to the best series on Netflix, read more of our dramatic coverage, or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.