James Nesbitt, Joely Richardson, Richard E Grant and Anne-Marie Duff to star in Channel 4 crime thriller 'Suspect'

The cast of Suspect
An all-star cast is lead by James Nesbitt. (Channel 4)

James Nesbitt is set to lead an all-star cast in new crime thriller Suspect for Channel 4.

The Cold Feet star will be joined by Richard E. Grant, Joely Richardson, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Miller in the eight-part series that sees him star alongside one other actor in each double-hander episode.

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Suspect features Nesbitt as veteran detective Danny Frater who arrives at a hospital mortuary for what he believes will be a routine ID check on a young woman's body, but is devastated to discover that it is in fact his estranged daughter Christina (Imogen King).

James Nesbitt as detective Danny Frater in the mortuary
James Nesbitt plays the lead role as detective Danny Frater. (Channel 4)

The pair had a turbulent father-daughter relationship in recent years, but he is unable to believe the post-mortem report that his only child took her own life.

Feeling traumatised by the news, Danny sets out to investigate her final days and hours in an agonising search for the truth and what really happened to Christina.

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In each half-hour episode, Danny will battle through an intense exchange with a different person close to Christina - her partner, Nicola (Niamh Algar), her best friend, Maia (Antonia Thomas), her business partner, Jaisal (Sacha Dhawan), her godfather, Ryan (Sam Heughan), her mentor, Harry (Richard E. Grant) and finally her mother, Danny's ex-wife Susannah (Anne-Marie Duff).

Joely Richardson in scrubs as Jackie
Joely Richardson stars as pathologist Jackie. (Channel 4)

The cast is completed by Richardson as post-mortem pathologist Jackie, and Miller as Danny's detective superintendent boss.

Danny must try to sift through conflicting evidence and biased accounts to work out who was really responsible for his daughter's death - and what he plans to do about it.

Anne-Marie Duff as Susannah sitting next to a coffin
Anne-Marie Duff plays bereaved mother and Danny's ex-wife Susannah. (Channel 4)

Nesbitt, who recently starred in Line Of Duty as a corrupt detective, said: "The calibre of the actors is amazing and they came so prepared. They were also incredibly supportive and protective of me, I think instinctively, because they knew I was taking on a fairly big responsibility. It was a beautifully collaborative experience."

He added: "I could relate to Danny, with his flaws, vulnerabilities and the devastating situation he faces, from the very first moment I picked up the script.

"Each episode of Suspect is an intensely theatrical double-hander, a psychological battle of wits between Danny and another character who may know something about his daughter's untimely death."

Suspect is due to air on Channel 4 later this year.

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