Four Lives: Full cast for the BBC drama and what it’s about

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The drama tells the true harrowing tale of four murdered young men and their families fight for justice

New factual BBC drama Four Lives tells the stories of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor, who were murdered by Stephen Port, and their families’ fight for justice.

The drama, based on a true story, has an impressive cast including Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant, and began on BBC One on Monday, January 3.

The next two episodes of the three-part series will air on Tuesday, January 4, and Wednesday, January 5, at 9pm on BBC One.

Four Lives “will go beneath the headlines to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the families and friends of the four young men” who were murdered by Stephen Port.

Stephen Port was known as the Grindr killer as he used the dating app to target young men. You can read more about the true story here.

The cast includes some big names and easily-recognisable actresses and actors as they portray the emotional story.

Famous actress Sheridan Smith is playing the mother of the first victim, Anthony Walgate, as she never gives up trying to find out how her son was killed.

Early in her career Sheridan starred in the hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey and has since gone on to very successful dramas like The C Word, The Moorside, and played the lead role of Cilla Black in the ITV drama Cilla.

Leanne Best as Kate

Playing Sarah’s sister is Leanne Best.

Leanne has starred in popular TV shows and films including Line of Duty and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Tim Preston as Anthony Walgate

Tim Preston is in the role of the first rape and murder victim Anthony Walgate.

Previously Tim has starred in the TV series’ Bang and Warren.

Stephen Merchant as Stephen Port Well-known actor Stephen Merchant, who is often known for comedy roles, is taking the role of cold-blooded killer Stephen Port.

The comedian has starred in Netflix hit series The Good Place, the 2021 Christmas film A Boy Called Christmas, and recently directed and starred in his own comedy thriller The Outlaws.

Robert Emms as Rick Waumsley

Taking the role of the boyfriend of Daniel Whitworth, the final victim of Port is Rick Waumsley.

Robert has starred in some popular dramas including His Dark Materials, Chernobyl, and Happy Valley.

Daniel Ryan as Adam Whitworth

Playing bereaved father Adam Whitworth is Daniel Ryan.

Daniel’s most well-known roles include playing Darren Alexander in the BBC comedy Linda Green and Kenny Reed in The Whistleblowers. He has also starred in Lewis, Doctor Who, and Death In Paradise.

Jamie Winstone as Donna Taylor

Sister to the victim Jack Taylor, Donna Taylor is played by Jamie Winstone as she fights to discover what happened to her brother.

Jamie has acted in TV and film starring in the 2018 film Tomb Raider and the 2014 film Love, Rosie as well as the comedy-drama After Hours.

Stephanie Hyam as Jenny Taylor

Taking on the role of another sister to Jack Taylor, Jenny Taylor is played by Stephanie Hyam.

Previously Stephanie has starred in some big dramas including Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, and Bodyguard.

Samuel Barnett as Ryan Edwards

Playing Stephen Port’s neighbour Ryan Edwards is Samuel Barnett. Port lived in a flat in Barking, east London, and disposed of the bodies nearby.

Samuel has starred in the 2016 series of Endeavour and the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve as well as extensive work on stage and in radio plays and performances.

Rufus Jones as John Pape

Friend of Port’s third victim Gabriel Kovari, John Pape is being played by Rufus Jones.

Previously Jones has starred in the 2021 film Silent Night and the TV series 101 Dalmatian Street.

Jakub Svec as Gabriel Kobvari

In the role of the second victim, Gabriel Kobvari is played by Jakub Svec.

Jakub works also works as a stuntman and has appeared in the films Spider-Man: Far from Home and The Brothers Grimm.

Leo Flanagan as Daniel Whitworth

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