Who stars in the BBC2 drama, including Ciarán Hinds?

The Terror promises to be the next gripping series to fill a pub-free night during lockdown – and there’s a cast to die for (and they will).

The supernatural, semi-historical horror anthology series is inspired by a real-life tragedy.

So who is playing the lead role in the atmospheric and scary 10-part series?

Here is everything you need to know!


Terrorist stars Tobias Menzies and Ciarán Hinds (Photo credit: AMC Film Holdings / BBC)

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The Cast of Terror: Ciarán Hinds as John Franklin

Ciarán Hinds portrays John Franklin in The Terror, but some viewers will know him better than Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones.

The Belfast-born actor, 68, is also famous for his role as Aberforth Dumbledore in the 2011 film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Ciarán often plays a vicious role in films such as “The Sum of All Fears”, “Road to Perdition”, “Munich” and “There Will Be Blood”.

He’s also in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Justice League, First Man, and the voice of Pabbie in Frozen!

His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion and Michael Maguire in Shetland.

Ciarán lives in Paris with Vietnam-born actress and designer Hélène Patarot, with whom he has a daughter named Aoife Hinds.

Aoife is also an actress and has appeared in Derry Girls and Normal People.

Ciarán Hinds in terror
Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in The Terror (Photo Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC)

The terror cast: Tobias Menzies is James Fitzjames

Tobias Menzies is an English stage, television and film actor who is perhaps best known for his role in Outlander.

He plays Frank and Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall on the STARZ series, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Tobias, 46, also starred as Brutus in HBO’s Rome and Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones – coincidentally, he shared screen time with his The Terror co-star, Ciarán Hinds.

In the 2006 James Bond blockbuster Casino Royale, Tobias played Ms friend Villiers.

The London-born actor plays Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the third and fourth seasons of Netflix’s The Crown.


James Fitzjames played by Tobias Menzies in The Terror (Image Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC)

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Jared Harris plays Francis Crozier

Actor Jared Harris looks familiar to me for a variety of reasons – maybe because he looks just like his famous father Richard Harris.

Just as talented, London-born Jared Lane portrayed Pryce in the TV series Mad Men.

He played King George VI in the historic series The Crown and Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, for which he won BAFTA for Best Actor.

Jared, 59, was previously married to Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox but divorced in 2010.

He is now married to lighting designer and TV presenter Allegra Riggio.

Jared Harris stars in The Terror (Photo Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC)
Jared Harris stars in The Terror (Photo Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC)

Ian Hart portrays Thomas Blanky

Liverpudlian Ian Hart, 56, plays Thomas Blanky in The Terror.

He is probably best known as Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the 2001 film.

Ian gained fame playing John Lennon in the low-budget independent film The Hours and Times, and portrayed John Lennon two more times: Backbeat in 1994 and Snodgrass in 2013.

He played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 2004 film Finding Neverland after becoming a Dr. Watson played in a BBC One television movie for The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Most recently he played Michael Ryan in Tin Star.

Ian Hart The Terror
Underneath all of the warm layers is an actor named Ian Hart (Photo Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC).

Paul Ready is Henry Goodsir

Motherland fans will recognize Paul Ready as the stupidly lovable Kevin.

The Birmingham-born actor played the role of Rob MacDonald on the BBC television series Bodyguard.

In addition to countless stage roles, Paul Ready became known in 2013 for his role in the television program Utopia.

He is married to actress and writer Michelle Terry and they have a daughter together.

Paul ready in terror
Paul Ready portrays Henry Goodsir in The Terror (Image Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC)

Matthew McNulty is Lt. Edward Little

Matthew, 38, recently starred in several popular television dramas – including Deadwater Fell on C4 alongside David Tennant.

He also starred as Adam Lang in Doctor Who, Nick in The Bay, and Dave in Cleaning Up.

Prior to that, Matthew Lucien Grimaud played in The Musketeers, Seth in Misfits and Stuart Bradley in The Syndicate.

In real life he is married to Katie McNulty and they have three children.

Matthew McNulty in Terror
Matthew McNulty as Lieutenant Edward Little in Terror (Image Credit: AMC Film Holdings LLC / BBC)

The Terror Cast: John Lynch is John Bridgens

John Lynch has played for more than three decades and comes from a family of famous faces!

His little sister Susan currently plays suspect Liz Baildon in Unforgotten on ITV1.

Born in Northern Ireland, John starred in the film Angel Baby in 1995, on behalf of the father in 1993 and in Sliding Doors in 1998.

He has also written two novels, Torn Water and Falling Out of Heaven.

John, 59, last appeared as Johan Nickel in Tin Star, Jim Burns in The Fall and Alan Lane in The Jury.

The terror: what is it about?

Like Traces before it, The Terror is a cult drama that the BBC is making available to a wider audience.

The 2018 supernatural cooler was first shown on AMC.

It follows the true story of an ill-fated Arctic expedition and has Ridley Scott as executive producer.

In the first episode, the crew of a 19th century Royal Naval expedition are sent on a dangerous mission to find the treacherous Northwest Passage of the Arctic.

In the second episode, the crew members spent a long winter in the ice.

One of the teams accidentally shoots an Inuit man after mistaking him for a polar bear.

But when they run to his aid, they make a terrible discovery.

The Terror plays on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 9 p.m. and 9.45 p.m. on BBC Two with a double bill.

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