The Cast of The Ink Black Heart

Shooting for The Ink Black Heart, the sixth series of Strike, commenced on Monday 12th February and wrapped on Friday 26th April 2024.

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Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger will once again star as Strike and Robin. But what do we know about the rest of the cast?

The BBC confirmed in their press release that Ruth Sheen is returning as Pat Chauncey, the agency’s office manager; Jack Greenlees as subcontractor Sam Barclay; Natasha O’Keeffe as Charlotte Campbell-Ross; and Caitlin Innes Edwards as Ilsa Herbert.

The BBC also released the names of five actors who are new to the cast this season; however, the roles those actors will be playing has not been confirmed.

David Westhead

Christian McKay

Christian McKay (IMDb) is a theatre, film and television actor, as well as a classical musician. He has appeared in many films, including Me and Orson Welles for which he was nominated for a BAFTA, Florence Foster Jenkins and The Theory of Everything. His television credits include Dangerous Liaisons and Grantchester.

Although we have no official confirmation of his part, fans are speculating that he will be playing Inigo Upcott

Emma Fielding

Emma Fielding (IMDb) is a critically acclaimed theatre actress who has worked at the RSC and the National Theatre. She has since gone on to star in many television series, including Cranford, Van der Valk and Sanditon.  

Although the original press release did not include the name of her character, her CV has been updated to confirm that she will take the part of Katya Upcott

Tupele Dorgu


Tupele Dorgu (IMDb) is best known for her six-year run as Kelly Crabtree on long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. She has since gone on to appear in many other TV shows, including The Full Monty, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

James Nelson-Joyce

James Nelson-Joyce (IMDb) is an actor who has appeared in several films, including The Covenant and The Nest. His television shows include A Town Called Malice, The Family Pile and The Gold.


In addition to the names officially released, our friends at The Strike and Ellacott Files podcast, with the help of their listener Lucy, have identified a few more cast members.

Kitty Reed

Kitty Reed (IMDb), a recent graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has been cast as Yasmin Weatherhead. (Source)

Ewan Bailey

Ewan Bailey (IMDb) has been cast as Nils de Jong. He is best known for his roles in Casualty and Doctors, and he has also worked extensively as a voice artist. (Source)

Eloise Thomas

Eloise Thomas (IMDb), best known for her roles in True Detective and The Bay, is playing Lia. Lia is the name of a minor character in The Ink Black Heart, but the part could also be a more major one that has undergone a name change for the TV adaptation. (Source)

Jonny Magnanti

Jonny Magnanti (IMDb) is ‘Dad’. As the part is effectively unnamed, it will probably only be a small part, confirmed by a mention on his website that he will be filming ‘an episode’ of The Ink Black Heart. (Source

Dan Cade

Dan Cade (IMDb) has appeared in many television shows, including True Detective, Carnival Row and Miss Scarlet and The Duke. His CV states that he will be playing ‘Carrisford’, a character which does not appear in the book.  (Source)
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We will be updating this page with any new information we receive about the casting, so do keep checking back!

The Ink Black Heart is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Galbraith. It is produced by Bronte Film & TV Ltd in co-production with the BBC, HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery. Executive producers are Ruth Kenley-Letts and J.K. Rowling. Producer is Alex Rendell and Director is Sue Tully.