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Happy Valley 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2014– )
Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.


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Series cast summary:
Sarah Lancashire ...  Catherine Cawood 13 episodes, 2014-2019
Siobhan Finneran ...  Clare Cartwright 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Shane Zaza ...  Shafiq Shah 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Charlie Murphy ...  Ann Gallagher 12 episodes, 2014-2016
James Norton ...  Tommy Lee Royce 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Rhys Connah Rhys Connah ...  Ryan Cawood 12 episodes, 2014-2016
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ...  Joyce 11 episodes, 2014-2016
Rick Warden ...  Mike Taylor 9 episodes, 2014-2016
George Costigan ...  Nevison Gallagher 9 episodes, 2014-2016
Karl Davies ...  Daniel Cawood 9 episodes, 2014-2016
Jill Baker ...  Helen Gallagher 7 episodes, 2014-2016
Kevin Doyle ...  John Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016
Joe Armstrong ...  Ashley Cowgill 6 episodes, 2014
Steve Pemberton ...  Kevin Weatherill 6 episodes, 2014
Vincent Franklin ...  Andy Shepherd 6 episodes, 2016
Adam Long ...  Lewis Whippey 6 episodes, 2014
Katherine Kelly ...  Jodie Shackleton 6 episodes, 2016
Julie Hesmondhalgh ...  Amanda Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016
Derek Riddell ...  Richard Cawood 6 episodes, 2014
Shirley Henderson ...  Frances Drummond 6 episodes, 2016
Madison Brown Madison Brown ...  Amber Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016
James Senneck James Senneck ...  Ben Wadsworth 6 episodes, 2016


Catherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home. Written by Anonymous

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29 April 2014 (UK) See more »

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Although James Norton grew up in Yorkshire, he attended a private boarding school and Cambridge University, and normally speaks with a very "posh" accent. He first auditioned for the role of Tommy Lee Royce by submitting a video, as he was out of the country at the time. He later said he thought auditioning this way helped him get the role, as actors with posh accents are often typecast by producers who don't feel they are authentic to play criminals and thugs. He has appeared on several talk shows where the hosts were shocked to hear him speak, as the Yorkshire accent he has in "Happy Valley" is so authentic. He uses his normal accent in Grantchester (2014) that takes place near Cambridge. See more »


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Just give her the award now - Sarah Lancashire
1 June 2014 | by flying_pixelSee all my reviews

I've only just realised what a great actress Sarah Lancashire is (I last saw her as a dizzy blonde in Coronation Street!). In the whole range of the Happy Valley character its the silences, those long lingering close-ups of her face as it conveys everything she doesn't have to say. One minute you feel sorry for the poor sod; next your laughing at the characters directness; next your almost in tears as she drives to hold herself together in the face of crippling memories. The story itself it terrific but sitting in the middle is Catherine Cawood, the dedicated, honest, seen-it-all-before, no-nonsense copper. The writer who opened the story with the confrontation with a smack-head allowed some cracking dialogue to kick the series off and show us the character we will grow to like and care for. The BAFTA's hers!

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