ITV confirm Nicola Walker’s replacement in Unforgotten

by | Mar 14, 2022 | All, TV News

ITV have today confirmed who will star alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar in the fifth series of the acclaimed crime drama Unforgotten. 

The series, from Mainstreet Pictures and created by Chris Lang, follows the work of a police unit as they uncover crimes from the past. Each series of Unforgotten follows the lives of several seemingly unconnected people who have gone on to live normal lives but might be connected to a horrific crime from years gone by.

Nicola Walker & Sanjeev Bhaskar starred together in Unforgotten from 2015 – 2021.

Series 4, which aired at the start of 2021, followed a group of training Policemen who were all suspected of murdering another trainee who was found dead. Series 4 was also notable because it saw the truly shocking death of Nicola Walker’s DCI Cassie Stuart who died as a result of a car crash in the penultimate episode of the series.

When it was announced the series would return for a fifth series we immediately wondered who would be cast  DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan’s next partner and join the team which includes DS Murray Boulting (Jordan Long), DC Jake Collier (Lewis Reeves) and DC Fran Lingley (Carolina Main)

REVIEW: Unforgotten is becoming the best drama on television.

ITV have today confirmed the news that.. SINÉAD KEENAN will join the cast as DCI Jessica James.

Series 5 will focus on the discovery of human remains in a newly renovated period property in Hammersmith, London. But how long have they been there and is this a murder dating back to the 1930’s or has the body been disposed of in more recent times?

As the murder mystery unfolds, we’ll explore the lives of several central characters Jay, played by Rhys Yates (The Outlaws, Silent Witness), Bele with Martina Laird (Summerland, The Bay) in the role, Tony played by Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls), and Max Rinehart (Jekyll and Hyde, Miss You Already) as Karol, who on the face of it appear seemingly unconnected to the victim. Hayley Mills will also play Tony’s wife, Emma.

Writer Chris Lang said,

And so it begins, a new Unforgotten journey – and it’s scary, for Sunny and the Bishop Street team, for the audience, for all of us. But it’s also very, very, exciting, and I cannot wait for you to meet DCI Jessica ‘Jessie’ James, played by the always brilliant, Sinéad Keenan.”

Sinéad Keenan:


“I have long been an admirer of Chris Lang’s work so I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Unforgotten team. I’m very much looking forward to working with the extraordinary cast led by the brilliant and incredibly lovely, Sanjeev Bhaskar. And I’m hoping that if I play my cards right I might even get to take a peek in Sunny’s backpack!”

Unforgotten Series 5 is currently filming and is expected on ITV by the end of the year.

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