Miss Scarlet and The Duke is the new period drama starting tonight (Tuesday, March 31) on Alibi at 9pm. There are six episodes in airing weekly on the channel and the show will air on PBS in the US in the coming months. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the cast of the brand new series
Who is in the cast of Miss Scarlet and the Duke?
Eliza Scarlet – Kate Phillips
Kate Phillips stars as the titular character, Eliza Scarlet in the Alibi series.
Viewers will most likely recognise Phillips from her role as Linda Shelby, the wife of Arthur Shelby (played by Paul Anderson) in BBC’s Peaky Blinders.
Phillips is also well known for her role as Jayne Seymour in Wolf Hall and Lise Bolkonskaya in War and Peace.
She also starred in season one of The Crown as Venetia Scott.
Most recently, Phillips appeared as Princess Mary in the film Downtown Abbey.
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Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, show writer and creator Rachel New described Eliza as a “headstrong woman” who is “determined not to have to marry for financial security”, which was a very common practice in Edwardian and Victorian England.
She added: “She wants to pay her own bills and do this in a job she knows she could be good at – being a private detective.
“To do this she has to take on the might of male-dominated Victorian London, so she has to be smart about her choices, opportunities and decisions.
“There is something fascinating about watching a woman trying to succeed but having to operate within the limits of her time.
“If Eliza Scarlet were alive today she would definitely be someone I’d like to sit next to at a dinner party.”
Reflecting on Kate Phillips portraying the role of Eliza Scarlet, New said: “I saw her in Wolf Hall, The Crown Peaky Blinders.
“She is a class act and I absolutely wanted her [to play Miss Scarlet] and thankfully she said yes.”
Detective Inspector William Wellington – Stuart Martin
Scottish actor Stuart Martin stars as Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, also known as The Duke.
Viewers may recognise Martin as Tony from Babylon and Luke Wilkinson in Crossing Lines.
More recently, he starred in her role as Silas Sharrow in Sky One’s Jamestown.
He is also well known for his role as Lorenzo de’ Medici in Medici: Masters of Florence.
His other credits include Silent Witness, River City and Taggart.
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In Miss Scarlet and the Duke, Eliza crosses paths with the Duke, who is not entirely pleased a woman is helping solve crimes in late 19th century London.
Speaking to Alibi, Martin explained a little more about his character.
He said: “The Duke was brought up on the wrong side of the tracks.
“He was involved in a bit of criminal activity when he was a young lad and a chance encounter with Henry Scarlet, who is Eliza’s father, takes him under his wing and rescues him from that life and introduces him to Scotland Yard and life as a copper, which he works his way up and excels at.”
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Rupert Parker – Andrew Gower
Andrew Gower portrays Rupert Parker in Miss Scarlet and the Duke.
Gower is best known for his role as Prince Charles Stuart in Outlander, starring opposite Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.
He is also well known for his role as Cutler in Being Human and Gilbert Hankin in The Village.
Gower most recently starred in Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row as Ezra Spurnose.
Ivy – Cathy Belton
Cathy Belton stars as Ivy in Miss Scarlet and The Duke.
Belton is an Irish actor who has starred in a range of stage, film and television productions.
She is best known for her role as Patricia Hennessy in the Irish crime drama Red Rock.
Her other credits include Doctors, ROY, Single-Handed and The Tiger’s Tail.
Other cast members include Danny Midwinter as Frank Jenkins, Ansu Kabia as Moses and Matthew Malone as PC Honeychurch.
Miss Scarlet and The Duke starts tonight at 9pm on Alibi
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