A Line of Duty star joins Great Expectations this week
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Great Expectations continues tonight (April 2) on BBC One at 9pm. The six-part series features an all-star cast with some recognisable faces in the BBC period drama. Episode two will continue to chart this tragic rags-to-riches story and the hopes of aspiring to a better life with heartbreaking consequences.
In episode two, Pip Gargery (played by Tom Sweet) begins his education in earnest with Miss Havisham (Olivia Colman) and Estella (Chloe Lea) in the hopes of becoming a gentleman.
While Pip is being cruelly taught life lessons, there will be other forces at work with Miss Havisham having a proposition for London lawyer Jaggers (Ashely Thomas).
Unaware of the schemes Miss Havisham has in store for him, Pip continues to live his life in Gravesend with his brother-in-law Joe Gargery (Owen McDonnell) and Sara (Hayley Squires).
When the time comes, Pip will find his education coming to an end abruptly as Jaggers seeks out the youngster.
Who is in the Great Expectations episode 2 cast?
Young Pip – Tom Sweet
Tom Sweet reprises his role as Young Pip again for the last time in the BBC series as the show sees a time jump and the younger iteration of the character bowing out.
Sweet is best known for his roles in Gunpowder, Tell Me, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Wildflowers and Eight for Silver.
Pip – Fionn Whitehead
Fionn Whitehead makes his debut in earnest as 18-year-old Pip as he comes of age and Miss Havisham and Estella celebrate his birthday.
Whitehead will be appearing as Pip in the rest of Great Expectations as the former blacksmith’s boy tries to elevate his position in society.
Whitehead is best known for his roles in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
Some of the actor’s other credits include The Children Act, ITV’s Him, Emily, Queers, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Don’t Tell a Soul.
Whitehead addressed his character’s journey: “When we meet Pip he’s quite young and he is a very enthusiastic, excited kid in a lot of ways, although also quite unsatisfied. He’s unsatisfied with where he is, what he’s been born into and has these aspirations for travelling the world, seeing the Empire, going to Cairo to become a gentleman and escaping the situation he’s in, which is not a particularly happy one at home.
“He lives with his sister and her husband – they’re a slightly dysfunctional family.”
The star went on to say: “I think he’s a character who’s possibly going through a lot of grief as well, like the death of other family members years before.
“As the story goes on, it’s just him trying to shake that off and trying to become his own person and make his way in London.”
Miss Havisham – Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman assumes the mantle of Miss Havisham, a role taken by both of her The Crown co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Gillian Anderson.
Long before becoming an Oscar winner for The Favourite, Colman was a household name in the UK thanks to her roles in Peep Show, Broadchurch, Flowers and Fleabag.
Some of her more recent roles include Heartstopper, Empire of Light, The Lost Daughter and Joyride.
She will next be starring in Wonka, Wicked Little Letters, Girl From the North Country and Secret Invasion.
Estella – Shalom Brune-Franklin
Shalom Brune-Franklin takes over the role of Estella from Chloe Lea as an older version of her character.
The actress has appeared in Line of Duty, Love Me, The Tourist, Roadkill, Cursed and Our Girl.
According to IMDb, she will be appearing in the TV series Dune: The Sisterhood next which is in production.
Jaggers – Ashley Thomas
Ashley Thomas portrays the morally dubious lawyer Jaggers, who will take Pip under his wing as the youngster is thrown headlong into the city.
Thomas has appeared in The Ipcress File, 24: Legacy, The Night Of, Salvation, Them and Top Boy.
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Biddy – Laurie Ogden
Laurie Ogden takes over the part of Biddy from child star Bronte Carmichael with the character serving as Pip’s friend.
Ogden counts credits in The Colour Room, It’s Nothing to Me, Cabbies and The Story Collector.
Joe Gargery – Owen McDonnell
Owen McDonnell appears as Pip’s brother-in-law and blacksmith Joe Gargery with the actor recognisable for his roles in Killing Eve, Silent Witness, Three Families and The Bay.
Sara Gargery – Hayley Squires
Hayley Squires plays Pip’s cruel older sister Sara Gargery following on from parts in Adult Material, I, Daniel Blake, The Essex Serpent, Collateral and The Miniaturist.
Mr Pumblechook – Matt Berry
Another very familiar face is Matt Berry as Mr Pumblechook, who organises Pip’s arrangement with Miss Havisham.
The actor has appeared in Toast of London, The IT Crowd, Snuff Box, What We Do in the Shadows and Year of the Rabbit.
Wemmick – Rudi Dharmalingam
Rudi Dharmalingam plays Jaggars’ right-hand man Wemmick and also stars in The Cleaner, Sky’s The Lazarus Project The Split and Wakefield,
Great Expectations airs on BBC One on Sundays at 9pm
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