Sky One’s Intergalactic Cast: Where Have You Seen Parminder Nagra, Craig Parkinson and Eleanor Tomlinson before?


Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Tula Quik

A regular collaborator with Russell T. Davies since she appeared in Doctor Who episode ‘The Waters of Mars‘, Duncan-Brewster also appeared in Davies’ Cucumber, and played storyteller Fran Baxter in future-set dystopia Years & Years. Playing Crystal in ITV prison drama Bad Girls was good preparation for her Intergalactic role as dangerous gangster and drug dealer Tula, mother to cyber-enhanced fighter Genevieve (see below). With a long screen career, Duncan-Brewster has appeared in several major UK shows, from EastEnders to Netflix’s Sex Education. Follow her on Instagram here.

Neil Maskell as Wendell

Neil Maskell plays Ash Harper’s Commonworld cop boss Wendell in Intergalactic, and is a much-loved face from UK comedy and drama with a long and varied screen career. For fans of Channel 4 cult series Utopia, he’ll always be associated with the unforgettable role of asthmatic hitman Arby. Recently, he’s appeared in Steve McQueen’s ‘Red, White and Blue’ Small Axe film opposite John Boyega, ITV’s Cleaning Up, Channel 4 thriller Baghdad Central, and played Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders. He’s also been in comedies No Offence and King Gary, and was part of Channel 4-AMC’s Humans.

Parminder Nagra as Rebecca Harper

No-nonsense Rebecca is Head of Galactic Security for the Commonworld, and mother to skycop Ash (see below). She works alongside government leader Dr Lee (Craig Parkinson) in Intergalactic. Nagra’s first major screen role was opposite Keira Knightley in 2002’s Bend it Like Beckham , which she followed up with the regular role of Neela in ER. That led to plenty more US TV roles, including parts in Alcatraz, Psych, The Blacklist, Agents of SHIELD and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.

Craig Parkinson as Dr Benedict Lee

Dr Lee is a high status scientist and leader of the Commonworld government who works alongside Head of Security Rebecca Parker. To Line of Duty fans, Parkinson is best known as DI Matthew ‘Dot’ Cottan in series one to three of the BBC police drama (he’s also a podcaster and the host of the BBC’s official Obsessed with… Line of Duty podcast). You’ll also have seen Parkinson recently in Sky’s Temple, and Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and football-themed period drama The English Game. Follow him on Twitter here.

Natasha O’Keeffe as Dr Emma Grieves

O’Keeffe plays a mysterious political prisoner with plenty of secrets on board the Hemlock prison ship in Intergalactic. Her most famous roles to date for readers of this site will be as Abbey in the final series of Misfits and as Lizzie in BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders. She’s also been in Sky’s Temple, plays the ex of lead Cormoran Strike in the BBC adaptations of JK Rowling’s detective novels, and made a memorable appearance in the Sherlock Christmas special as Emelia Ricoletti, the titular bride from The Abominable Bride. She’s on Instagram here.

Diany Samba-Bandza as Genevieve Quik

Samba-Bandza plays the lethal Genevieve, daughter of Sharon Duncan-Brewster’s gang leader Tula. She’s a killing machine whose body has been cybernetically enhanced to turn her into a weapon, making her a kind of bodyguard for Tula on board the Hemlock. A relative TV newcomer, Diany Samba-Banza has previously played an MI5 agent in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and appeared in ITV2’s The Stand-Up Sketch Show. Follow her on Instagram here.

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