ITV viewers see Steve Wilkins from real life


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ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders ended last night and eagle-eyed viewers discovered the real-life Steve Wilkins in the final episode.

The former copper made a cameo as the three-part program detailing police efforts to bring killer John Cooper to justice ended on Wednesday evening (Jan. 13).


Luke Evans played DS Steve Wilkins in the true crime drama (Credit: ITV)

Where did Steve Wilkins perform in The Pembrokeshire Murders?

During the courtroom scenes, some viewers at home noticed that the real-life counterpart of Luke Evans’ character, DS Steve Wilkins, was present.

They spotted him among those in the viewing gallery when the camera briefly flashed over his face as he watched John Cooper (Keith Allen) sent down for two double murders and his attack on the teenagers.

Steve Wilkins in murders in Pembrokeshire on ITV
The real Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders on ITV (Credit: ITV)

One viewer said, “@TheRealLukevans was it me or was the real Steve Wilkins on the last episode in the public gallery? Great watch! Excellent acting! “

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A second tweet: “The real Steve Wilkins was sitting in the gallery during the trial. What a nice thing for the guy who caught him. “

A third wrote, “#ThePembrokeshireMurders could this be Steve Wilkins? Nice touch if you do. “

Warning! Spoilers ahead for episode three.

What happened at the end of the true crime drama?

In dramatic scenes, John Cooper roared in court as the jury sentenced him and the officers led him away.

Later, when Steve and the rest of the Operation Ottawa team were packing up their headquarters, the son of Copper came to check the location.

The real Steve Wilkins sat in the gallery during the trial. What a beautiful thing.

He told his father that he had put aside plans to go to sixth grade or pursue a football career – and was considering going to the police instead.

The beginning of the episode revealed that Cooper’s wife Pat (Caroline Berry) died of natural causes shortly after he was released from prison.


Actor Oliver Ryan as Pat and John Cooper’s son Andrew (Image Credit: ITV)

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Her estranged son Andrew seemed regretful in the final scene when he visited his mother’s grave and told her he should have stayed.

In a previous episode, Pat called him home, but he stormed out after realizing she had only invited him because Cooper, who was still in prison at the time, had questions about a possible piece of evidence.

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