Who plays McDonald in McDonald & Dodds? Actress Tala Gouveia

McDonald & Dodds is back this weekend for a second series and three new feature films – but who plays McDonald in McDonald & Dodds?

What did actress Tala Gouveia star in before? And who did she play in Cold Feet?

Here is everything you need to know about the actress and her McDonald & Dodds character.

Jason Watkins as DS Dodds and Tala Gouveia as DCI Lauren McDonald at McDonald & Dodds (Image Credit: ITV1)

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Who plays McDonald in McDonald & Dodds?

Tala Gouveia portrays “lively and ambitious” DCI Lauren McDonald versus Jason Watkins’ “quietly brilliant” DS Dodds.

The couple returns for three new feature films in the second series of the detective drama.

Tala’s appearance on the first series in 2020 was her first major role on television.

She says, “I got a bit of recognition when it came out.

“I went to the pub once and was recognized and then the coronavirus hit and I didn’t come out!

“My mom was so excited she bought a new TV to watch and we all went to a party.

“In the second episode of the first series, McDonald yells at Dodds and my mom got all whiny and told my character to run away. [because of the way she’d treated Dodds]. ”

What else did Tala Gouveia play in?

Nottingham-born Tala appeared before her lead role on McDonald & Dodds in the ITV1 drama Cold Feet.

She is also known for 2019 Before We Grow Old and 2015 Scream Street.

Tala also appeared on the CBeebies children’s series Go Jetters and the BBC1 Christmas show Click & Collect.

She has been on television since 2009 and played Nurse Green in EastEnders from 2011 to 2013.

McDonald & Dodds is returning for a second series, but what's DS Dodds' first name?  (Photo credit: ITV1)
McDonald & Dodds Returns for a Second Series, Who Plays DCI McDonald? (Photo credit: ITV1)

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Who did Tala play in Cold Feet?

Tala portrayed Gemma Murphy in cold feet.

Gemma appeared in the first episode of the eighth series in 2019.

She portrayed an attractive young woman who regularly served Adam coffee with a smile.

However, she had declined his direct offer for dinner, but later showed up at his house …

Not because she fell in love with Adam – she actually went out with his teenage son Matt and had come to meet the younger man!


It was even more unfortunate when Gemma dropped Matt because Adam revealed that his son was only 17 years old – not the 22 he had led her to believe.

James Murray as Superintendent John Houseman and Tala Gouveia as DCI Lauren McDonald at McDonald & Dodds (Image Credit: ITV1)
James Murray as Superintendent John Houseman and Tala Gouveia as DCI Lauren McDonald at McDonald & Dodds (Image Credit: ITV1)

McDonald & Dodds series two, episode one

Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia repeat their roles as DS Dodds and DCI McDonald for the second series of McDonald & Dodds – consisting of three new full-length episodes.

The first movie guest stars are Martin Kemp, Patsy Kensit, Cathy Tyson, Rupert Graves and Rob Brydon.

About working with them, Tala says: “Most of the guests impress me.

“It was amazing to have Rob Brydon in the first film.

“We were so lucky to have him, and he and Jason just ricocheted off each other.

“It was like seeing her on a free comedy show every day because I was in her bladder.

“Sharon Rooney is in episode two and I was only obsessed with her when she was doing My Mad Fat Diary.”

Tala also expressed relief at the diverse cast and wasn’t the only “brown person on set”.

McDonald & Dodds returns on ITV1 on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m. with the first of three feature films.

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